Summertime and Watermelon Go Together

The 24th annual What-A-Melon Festival celebrates the fruits of summer from July 11 to 13, on the historic square in downtown Center. The family-friendly event includes live music, carnival rides, a watermelon eating contest, arts and crafts, a pageant, festival food, a pet show and the Largest Watermelon contest, which highlights local growers and their prized behemoth watermelons that usually exceed 100 pounds.

The What-A-Melon Pageant is open to girls up to 16 and boys up to 5, competing in their best What-A-Melon or summer attire. Kids can go from looking their best to competing in the seed spittin’ contest and the watermelon eating contest.

The What-A-Melon Crawl 5K run and walk is open to adults and children, benefiting the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. Participants can choose from a 5K run, a one-mile run, a 5K walk or a one-mile walk. Water will be available throughout the course, and awards will be given to the top three male and female 5K finishers.

Festival admission is $5. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The race starts at 7 a.m.

Location: 100 Courthouse Square, Center. For more information, call 936-598-3682 or visit

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