24th annual 'What-A-Melon' Festival brings summer fun to Shelby Co.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 9:19am

The summer fun begins soon with the 24th Annual What-A-Melon Festival on the Center square July 11-13.

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event. The festival starts Thursday, July 11th with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy carnival rides, a variety of vendors, and live music under the big tent. Tim & Jessica Hopkins take the stage at 6:00 p.m., followed by Cade Foehner at 7:00 p.m., Bennet Chapel at 8:00 p.m., FUMC Praise Band at 8:30 p.m., and Templo Principle de Paz at 9:00 p.m. It's a line up of great gospel music.

The fun continues Friday with rides starting at 3:00 p.m. A crowd favorite, the What-A-Melon Pet Show, will be held at 6pm Friday, July 12th under the big tent. Sign-ups for the Pet Show starts at 5:30pm. (No farm animals, pets only). Entertainment Friday includes Lacey Felder at 5:30 p.m., Ashley Cagle at 7:00 p.m., the Pack of Strays band at 7:30 p.m., and the Darrin Morris Band at 8:30 p.m.

The fun starts early Saturday, July 13th with the 2nd Annual What-A-Melon Crawl starting at 7: 00 a.m. Cool down after the race and check out the hot rods and cool cars on display at the Car Show. The Shelby County Cruiser's have an impressive collection for any classic car enthusiast to enjoy.

You won’t want to miss the festival's newest event, the Watermelon Speed Eating Contest. The speed eating contest will be held Saturday, July 13th under the big tent following the Seed Spitting Contest at 4:00 p.m.

Don't leave after the seed spitting and speed eating because the 'biggest' event of the festival starts at 5:00 p.m., when Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell starts weighing the watermelons to see who wins the honor of growing the Largest Watermelon.

The cutest watermelon attire will on the stage at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, during the Annual What-A-Melon Pageant.

Girls 0-15 years and boys 0-5 years compete in their favorite watermelon or summer attire. Following the pageant, live entertainment once again takes the stage with Robynn Shayne at 8:00p.m., and the Ashton Hill band at 9:00 p.m.

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event and you won’t want to miss it. What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates on Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 each and are good for entry to the festival for all three days.

The What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club.

Original Article: http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/article22.php


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