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2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival
August 19-20, 2022

Welcome to the Watermelon Capital of Alabama! 

The Watermelon Festival started in 1981 and has grown into the largest festival in Franklin County! 

This two day festival is FREE to attend! We have food and craft vendors, live music, watermelon contests, 5K and Fun Run, car shows, and FREE watermelon!

Attendance Rules


 

Red

 

Neon Blue

 

Ash

 

Coral Silk

 

Electric Green

 


 

 



We have shirts! 

Mr. Ant returns with new colors: Red, Neon Blue, Ash, Coral Silk, and Electric Green!

Official Watermelon Festival shirts can only be purchased at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (103 Jackson Ave N, Russellville, AL 35653).

Sizes & Pricing are as follows:

Infant (Red ONLY) – $10
– 6 months
– 12 months
– 18 months
– 2T
– 3T
– 4T

Youth – $15
– XS
– S
– M
– L
– XL

Adult – $15
– S
– M
– L
– XL
– 2XL ($18)
– 3XL ($18)
– 4XL ($18)

Long Sleeve (White ONLY) – $20
– S 
– M
– L
– XL
– 2XL


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, August 19 (5:45 PM – 10:00 PM)

5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony (FREE WATERMELON)
                 National Anthem – Cassandra James
6:00 PM – Cody Bowen
7:00 PM – Joseph Baldwin Band
8:30 PM – Velcro Pygmies

Saturday, August 20 (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM)

7:00 AM – Car & Truck Show
7:30 AM – Watermelon 5k and Fun Run
10:00 AM – Character Guests (until noon)
10:00 AM – Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests (FREE WATERMELON)
11:00 AM – Judging & Entertainment for Contests
12:00 PM – Winners Announced for Contests
5:30 PM – FREE WATERMELON (beside Main Stage)
6:00 PM – Light Up the Night Car Show
6:00 PM – Tremayne
7:00 PM – REWIND of the Shoals
8:30 PM – Thompson Square


Information & Registration for the Watermelon 5K & Fun Run: https://watermelonfestival5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6063 

Call Bart Bolton (256-668-3542) or Nicole Stancil (256-412-5724) for information about the Car & Truck Show or the Light Up the Night Car Show.


Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests

Russellville First Baptist Church Park
201 Washington Ave N, Russellville, AL 35653

Saturday, August 20, 2022
10:00 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Judging & Entertainment
12:00 PM – Winners Announced

Watermelon Contest Categories:

Largest Watermelon (from Franklin County)
Largest Watermelon (from anywhere)
Best Tasting Watermelon
Best Dressed Watermelon
Most Unusual Watermelon
Watermelon Seed Spitting

Watermelon Festival Contest Rules


Download the 2022 Map here!

Watermelon Festival Rules


 

2022 SPONSORS


American Champion Sponsors



Royal Jubilee Sponsors



Legacy Sponsors


Franklin County Arts & Humanities Council

Crimson Sweet Sponsors


1st Franklin Financial

Bella Rejuvenation

Coca Cola

Community Spirit Bank

Country Cottage Senior Living

Econo Lodge 

EXIT River City Realty

First Metro Bank

Franklin County Commission

Franklin County Times

Listerhill Credit Union

Morgan Chiropractic

Rhett Bradford State Farm

Russellville Florist & Gifts

Tennessee Valley Pediatrics

Valley Credit Union

Valley State Bank


Liberty Sponsors


Alabama Central Credit Union

Clark Pulley

G & G Steel

Strickland & Barksdale, CPA’s

Sunshine Homes

Town of Hodges


Harmony Sponsors


306 Barbeque
Big Star 
Doe’s Eat Place
Eye Care Professionals
Franklin Electric Cooperative
Green’s Dependable Hardware
Hester & James
Pinkard Funeral Home
Red Bay Pharmacy
Redmont Pharmacy
Russellville Civitan Club
Russellville Water & Sewer Board
Sinclair Lawrence & Associates
Spry Memorial Chapel
The Stricklin Hotel
Wood Thompson Insurance