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Waiting….and watermelons!

Jason Williams of Farmerville is still waiting on a call from Cabella’s to see what he has won in the Cabella’s Fish for Millions tagged fishing contest. If you haven’t been following, check out  the past stories on this site. Jason is expecting to find out today, and as soon as he does, we’ll pass it on to you!

And now, another big deal on Lake D’Arbonne:

Happy 50th Birthday to the Louisiana Watermelon Festival in Farmerville.  The Birthday Party will be July 25th – 27th.
The Louisiana Watermelon Festival was founded by the Farmerville Jaycees in 1963.  The Watermelon Festival is celebrated each year as a way of promoting the watermelon industry and showing pride in their harvest.  Plus, it’s just a lot of dad-gum fun for all ages!

Friday’s events will include a tennis tournament, bicycle and tricycle races, arm wrestling contest, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, a best dressed watermelon competitionmelons and a street dance.  During these activities, arts and craft vendors, food and games will be open on the Courthouse Square.  Events on Saturday begin with a breakfast for the growers entering their watermelons in the size and quality contests.  Watermelons may be entered in the size contest beginning at 8 am, the size contests is judged strictly on the basis of weight.  The heaviest three watermelons in each category will be auctioned to the public.  Quality contest watermelons are judged at the Union Parish Extension Service by measuring sugar content of the watermelons with a refractometer.

At 9 am Saturday, the festival parade will begin at Farmerville High School and travel down Main Street before making a block and returning to the high school. It’s always a great parade with lots of entries and generous candy and trinket throwers!  The morning will also contain a live broadcast from KXKZ radio.  All day, vendors will be open on the Courthouse Square.  The watermelon auction begins at 10 am on the Courthouse Square.  The Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival contestants, along with reigning and visiting queens, will greet the public at noon.

The Louisiana Watermelon Pageant is one of the most prestigious in the state.  The Teen and Miss contestants have an opportunity to continue on to compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant.  Our local businesses help by sponsoring the pageant in many ways, by monetary donation for the Teen & Miss winners to use toward their education.
For more information, click on the group’s website: http://fjaycees.wix.com/watermelonfestival . Click on one of the tabs then scroll to the bottom of the page for information.
The Farmerville Jaycees consist of a group of young men and women who volunteer and strive to make a positive and economic impact in the community.

The Farmerville Jaycees currently have 30 active members to help make the festival a success.

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