Well, the 50th annual Watermelon Festival got off to a good start Friday in Farmerville and beat the rain. There are lots of festivities planned for Saturday and hopefully the late Friday night rains have come and gone by Parade Time Saturday — 9 a.m.!
Either way, there will be a Watermelon Festival…or a Water Melon Festival today. Here’s hoping that the day’s events will go without a hitch and all the water is IN THE Melons! Plan on coming. Here’s a rundown of the day’s activities:
NOTE: 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.