Annual watermelon festival offers slices of fun


Rain or shine, we’re here at Fair Park for the 42nd Annual Watermelon Festival. Organizers say this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Since the festival farmers have traveled near and far to compete in the giant watermelon contest.It was 1979 when my dad and my brother grew that first 200 pounder,” said Patricia Rhoads, Bright  Family.

In 2006, Rhoads brother Lloyd Bright grew a 268 pound watermelon. Featured in the Guinness World Record Book as the world’s largest watermelon.”It keeps your family pride up it keeps your hometown pride up,” said Rhoads.

Since the event is centered around melons, activities include a watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest and watermelon idol.

“We pick the number one winner of watermelon idol and that man or woman gets to open for Mickey and Johnny. They sing one sog, but think about how great that is because they’re hearing classic country singers listening to their voice,” said Beckie Moore, Event Coordinator.

There will also be 30 food vendors and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors.”All I’ve heard about is the food. Everybody says come down here try the food. try the watermelon,” said Danica Grannon, festival goer.

This is Grannon’s first festival and she says it won’t be her last. The festival runs through Saturday.

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