Watermelon Festival 2016

by Anne Haw Holt

Monticello and Jefferson County Florida will celebrate their sixty-sixth annual WatermelonHeaderWatermelon Festival beginning with beauty pageants on June 4, 2016. The pageants will be followed up with events such as a great kick-off dinner (must be counted as part of the famous, deliciously satisfying Monticello Food Trail) followed up by a Bed Race on June 10.  Yes I said…Bed Race….you don’t want to miss it. This traditional race is silly, funny and I found it absolutely delightful.DSC_0357

Have you ever thought of entering a watermelon seed spitting contest? Or have you run a race wearing watermelon Shoes? Don’t miss the Watermelon Patch, watching your friends seriously try to win one of these events is as much fun or more than participating.

In addition to all the fun events, the town will be full of interesting vendors selling everything from cotton candy and Kettle Korn to hot dogs and handmade handbags. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, wood carving, books and other works of art all along Cherry, Dogwood and Pearl Streets in front of our gorgeous historic buildings.

Most small town festivals are hokey and old fashioned, but infinitely charming. This one is also surprisingly entertaining and definitely worth attending every event. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to stay late. No one does this better than Monticello….you’ll be charmed.

Watermelon Festival Schedule

June 4th  Pageants
June 10th Kick -Off Dinner, Bed Race, and new this year – Rodeo
June 11th – Rodeo
June 16th – Woman’s Club Fashion Show
June 17th Arts & Crafts, Rotary BBQ, Street Dance, Kids Show – Tale of Peter Rabbit
June 18th Kiwanis 5K Run, FMB Breakfast, MADCo. Kids Show – Tale of Peter Rabbit,  Platform Events, Parade, Arts & Crafts and new this year Watermelon Contests in the Watermelon Patch

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