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Watermelon 50th Birthday Bash!

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Next post: July 26. But first, check this out!

melonsWhat do you do for a watermelon when it turns 50? Why, you throw it a birthday bash! And that’s what the Farmerville Jaycees are doing Thursday, July 25th – Saturday- July 27th.

Actually, the 50th Birthday Party is for the Louisiana Watermelon Festival in Farmerville.  It’s a down-home celebration with lots of good times and good folks in a friendly environment. And you are invited. The Louisiana Watermelon Festival was founded by the Farmerville Jaycees in 1963 and 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!

You can tell it’s Watermelon Festival time in a lot of ways, but none is more evident than the beautiful watermelon colored crepe myrtles that seem to know right when to bloom along the lake — just in time for the summer festival. It’s also a great weekend to pull the boat up to the lake, rent a room and eat at one of Farmerville’s great restaurants!

Watermelon colored crepe myrtles line Hwy. 33 coming into Farmerville at the lake.

Watermelon colored crepe myrtles line Hwy. 33 coming into Farmerville at the lake.

NOTE: There have been some changes to this year’s schedule: The Jaycees have decided to make a few changes to the 50th Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival original schedule. Instead of the tricycle and bicycle races, watermelon eating, and watermelon seed spitting contests being held on Friday night, they will be held Saturday morning after the parade and auction. The tricycle and bicycle races will be held at 11:30am. The watermelon eating and seed spitting contests will be held at 12:00pm. Also, the Growers’ Breakfast, usually held at the Jaycee Hall, is being moved to the Claiborne Electric meeting room at 7:00am, Saturday.

During these activities, arts and craft vendors, food and games will be open on the Courthouse Square.   Watermelons may be entered in the size contest beginning at 8 am on Saturday. 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.

**  As a special event for this year’s milestone celebration, Frank Foster, Chancie Neal & Chris Canterbury will be playing the Festival July 27th at the Darbonne Range Riders Arena. The concert will start at 7pm.  and more information is available on the website under the “concert” tab.  Concessions will be available.  Ice chest passes will be available at gate.  NOTE: There will be absolutely NO tolerance for glass containers, so spread the word.

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 Louisiana Watermelon Festival was founded by the Farmerville Jaycees in 1963 and is celebrated each year as a way of promoting the watermelon industry and showing pride in their harvest.

See you there!

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