The East Texas What a Melon Festival will be held from July 6 through 9 in the town of Center’s downtown center square. Rides and vendors will be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. (7 p.m. Friday) until 10 p.m. Organizers say that what makes the event stand out is that all the money raised will stay in the community and go to help out nonprofits in need.
Wednesday is Gospel Night, with an opening ceremony and official watermelon cutting at 5 p.m. On Thursday, the Largest Watermelon Weigh-In takes place at 5 p.m. Friday is Tejano Night, with a pet show at 6 p.m. (sign up at 5:30 p.m.; no farm animals). Saturday features a Fun Run/5K at 7 a.m., beauty pageant at 10 a.m., car show at 3 p.m., Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Watermelon Decorating Competition Judging begins at 5 p.m.
Armbands for the rides are $20 each day; kids under 5 are free. For more information, call 936-591-9334 or visit Tinyurl.com/WhatAMelonFestival.