Today's hot weather was the perfect excuse to head to Monticello and cool off with some watermelon at its annual Watermelon Festival.
Hundreds of folks did just that early Saturday afternoon and watched the festival's parade.
Dozens of local groups and businesses walked the streets of Monticello during the parade, waving and giving out candy to the crowd.
It's the 64th year of the watermelon festival. Locals say the event helps preserve Monticello's culture.
"For a long time we grew a lot of watermelons. We don't grow many anymore but it's still something we need. It helps bring a few people to the town," Stewart Wheeler of Monticello said.
The festival ends tonight at 8pm with a ghost tour.