August 19-20, 2022


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Watermelon Festival Vendor Information

2022 Vendor Applications are now available! 
Deadline for the Early Bird Special is June 3, 2022
Deadline for ALL Applications is July 8, 2022 (NO applications will be accepted after this date)
Applications may be emailed to: 
or mailed to:  P.O. Box 44, Russellville, AL 35653

2022 Vendor Application – FILLABLE PDF
2022 Vendor Application – PRINT PDF


Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests

11 AM – Registration
12 PM – Weighing Starts
Russellville First Baptist Church Park
201 Washington Ave NW, Russellville, AL 35653

Watermelon Contests Categories:

Largest Weighing Watermelon from Franklin County
Largest Weighing Watermelon
Most Unusual Watermelon
Best Tasting Watermelon
Best Dressed Watermelon
Seed Spitting Contest

Watermelon Festival Contest Rules

Watermelon Pageant Information

2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival Pageant will be
July 23, 2022!

Applications are now available!
Fillable PDF Application  |  Print Application
DEADLINE IS JUNE 22, 2022 | 4 PM.
(deadline includes application, registration fee, & photogenic photograph)

2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival Pageant Queens

Queens will be presented at the Watermelon Festival Opening Ceremony on August 19th. The Watermelon Festival Queen (Age 18-21) will also be responsible for cutting the first watermelon at the Opening Ceremony, awarding prizes at the Watermelon Festival, riding in the Russellville Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 1, 2022 and crowning at the 2023 Watermelon Pageant. 

2021 Miss Watermelon Festival Queen
Katie Lynne Thomas

  18-21 Years
Queen – Katie Lynne Thomas
1st Alternate – Taylor Lavon Hallman
2nd Alternate – Addie Grace Cummings
2nd Alternate – Shelby Allison Carson
Prettiest Smile – Taylor Lavon Hallman
Prettiest Hair – Addie Grace Cummings
Prettiest Dress- Taylor Lavon Hallman
Photogenic – Addie Grace Cummings


14-17 Years Queen – Annie Willis
1st Alternate – Keslie Brook Allen
2nd Alternate – Kenzlee Alexzis Bohannon
Prettiest Smile – Annie Willis
Prettiest Hair – Kenzlee Alexzis Bohannon
Prettiest Dress – Tori Brooke Mather
Photogenic – Raegan Misner 


10-13 Years Queen – Ellie Willis
1st Alternate – Carson Leigh Hovater
2nd Alternate – AnnaFaye Lynn Prince
Prettiest Smile – Ellie Willis
Prettiest Hair – Aspen Misner
Prettiest Dress – Ellie Willis
Photogenic – Baker Olivia Franklin 


7-9 Years Queen – Maddie Drew Welborn
1st Alternate – Shelby Glenn Logan
2nd Alternate – Gadzden Jade Bohannon
Prettiest Smile – Maddie Drew Welborn
Prettiest Hair – Shelby Glenn Logan
Prettiest Dress – Maddie Drew Welborn
Photogenic – Baylor Bradford


5-6 Years Queen – Paizlee Ann Hammond
1st Alternate – Reagan Haze Springer
2nd Alternate – Sophie Ann Sharp
Prettiest Smile – Reagan Haze Springer
Prettiest Hair – SaraLynn Elizabeth Riley
Prettiest Dress – Paizlee Ann Hammond
Photogenic – Alayna Taylor


3-4 Years   Queen – Evie Jane Flanagan
1st Alternate – Everleigh Mae Simmons
2nd Alternate – Bexley Michelle McAfee
Prettiest Smile – Evie Jane Flanagan
Prettiest Hair – Sadie Pearl Logan
Prettiest Dress – Evie Jane Flanagan
Photogenic – Bexley Michelle McAfee


2 Years Queen – Grace Leigh Schmittou
1st Alternate – Willa Marie Hood
2nd Alternate – Carlee Sue Cole
Prettiest Smile – Grace Leigh Schmittou
Prettiest Hair – Carlee Sue Cole
Prettiest Dress – Grace Leigh Schmittou
Photogenic – Carlee Sue Cole


1 Year Queen – Brinley Fike
1st Alternate – Camila Jayde Collins
2nd Alternate – Daisy Sariah Francisco
Prettiest Smile – Daisy Sariah Francisco
Prettiest Hair – Margaret Fortune
Prettiest Dress – Camila Jayde Collins
Photogenic – Daisy Sariah Francisco


0-11 Months Queen – Reagan Marie Andrews
1st Alternate – Payton Lindsey
2nd Alternate – Annie James Steele
Prettiest Smile – Reagan Marie Andrews
Prettiest Hair – Reagan Marie Andrews
Prettiest Dress – Reagan Marie Andrews
Photogenic – Payton Lindsey

Watermelon Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run


5K and 1 Mile Fun Run!

Saturday, August 21, 2021
Russellville High School Field House
Race Day Registration begins at 6:00 AM

5K begins at 7:30 AM with the 1 Mile Fun Run beginning immediately after.

For more information & online registration: 


*Presented by the Russellville High School Marching Hundred Auxiliaries*

Main Stage Entertainment Line Up

Friday (8/19)

5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony – National Anthem: 
6:00 PMComing soon!
7:00 PMComing soon!
8:30 PMComing soon!

Saturday (8/20) 

6:00 PMComing soon!
7:00 PMComing soon!
8:30 PMComing soon!

Sponsorships are NOW AVAILABLE for the 41st Annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival! Contact our office for more information:


Royal Jubilee Sponsors 

Legacy Sponsors

Crimson Sweet Sponsors

Liberty Sponsors

Harmony Sponsors

Best of the Best 2021


Franklin County


Watermelon Festival 


Voted Best Adults and Children’s Events in the Tennessee Valley

The Franklin County Watermelon Festival began in 1981 and is the largest festival in Franklin County.

This spectacular family event offers two days of non-stop music, contests and entertainment, as well as, a pageant, arts & crafts, 5k run, antique car & truck show, tasty festival foods, tractor show, and a slice of FREE watermelon!


Franklin County Declared the
Watermelon Capital of Alabama

In 2013, Senator Roger Bedford and Representative Johnny Mack Morrow was successful in passing a resolution in the Alabama Legislature declaring Franklin County “Watermelon Capital of Alabama”.

WF Capital

From Left to Right: Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, Senator Roger Bedford, Bobby Bolton originator of the annual Watermelon Festival, Cassie Medley, Franklin County Executive Director, Russellville Mayor David Grissom, Kreg Kennedy, District Field Representative for U. S. Senator Robert Aderholt, Franklin County Probate Judge Barry Moore, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce President (2013) Mike Shewbart.