Watermelon Festival

By: Patty Boczarski Email
By: Patty Boczarski Email

It's a mouthwatering tradition; hundreds come from near and far to enjoy the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival.

Michelle Tharpe said, "I live here and I love coming to the community. I actually met my husband at the Watermelon Festival, so we made it a tradition."

Courtney McHough said, "It's just fun to get all the people out and see all the kids enjoying the watermelon that's just such a summertime enjoyment fruit."

The festival was started more than 50 years ago.

These days, the tons of watermelons have turned into tons of activities for visitor including a parade, street dance, arts and crafts, and sporting events.

It's even a "sweet" business for fund raisers like these watermelon scoopers from the First Baptist Church of Lloyd, who say they'll use their "slice" of the festival profits to fund a mission trip to Mississippi.

Kevin Harvin said, "When it's cold, and we ice them up the night before, to get them as cold as we can get them, and then of course, they're always red and juicy and sweet, and when it's hot like this, about 100 degrees out here, it feels really good going down your throat."

The group plans on scooping more than 150 watermelons this weekend. The Watermelon Festival is held every June in Jefferson County.

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