FRANKLIN COUNTY WATERMELON FESTIVAL 2022

August 19-20, 2022

 

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Festival Hours:

Friday, August 19: 5:45 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, August 20: 10 AM – 10 PM



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Attendance Rules



Watermelon Festival Vendor Information

2022 Vendor Applications are now closed.
Check-In & Set Up Times:
FOOD VENDORS – 12:30 PM
ALL OTHER VENDORS – 2:30 PM
*Vendors must check-in at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce to receive their booth assignment*
ALL VENDORS MUST BE IN THEIR DESIGNATED SPACE AND READY FOR THE FESTIVAL TO BEGIN AT 5:00 PM FRIDAY AND 9:00 AM SATURDAY.

2022 VENDOR RULES & REGULATIONS


Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests

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

10 AM – Registration
11 AM – Weighing & Judging Starts
12 PM – Winners Announced

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 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. 

2022 Miss Watermelon Festival Queen:
Miss Sophie Hill

18-21 Years
Queen – Sophie Hill
1st Alt. – Keslie Allen
2nd Alt. – Shelby McKinney

 

14-17 Years
Queen: Lauren Sutherland
1st: Lara Gunderman
2nd: Raegen Misner

 

10-13 Years
Queen – Bailee Campbell
1st Alt. – Raegan Myrick
2nd Alt. – Avery Robinson

 

7-9 Years
Queen – Maddie Welborn
1st Alt. – Alyssa Thomas
2nd Alt. – Alaina Riley

 

5-6 Years
Queen – Claudia Wilson
1st Alt. – Jacie-Mae Myrick
2nd Alt. – Sophie Sharp

 

3-4 Years
Queen – Shaylee Hall
1st Alt. – Everleigh Simmons
2nd Alt. – Ruby Harper

 

2 Years
Queen – Elizabeth Marecle
1st Alt. – Eliana Bahena
2nd Alt. – Luna Moon

 

1 Year
Queen – Emberlynn Mills
1st Alt. – Evvie Gist
2nd Alt. – Jailee Garrett

 

0-11 Months
Queen – Jasie Johnson
1st Alt. – Gabby Singletary
2nd Alt. – Joselyn Barnes

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: https://watermelonfestival5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6063 

 

*Presented by the Russellville High School Cross Country Team*

Main Stage Entertainment Line Up

Friday (8/19)

5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony
National Anthem: Cassandra James

6:00 PM – Cody Bowen

7:00 PM – Joseph Baldwin Band


8:30 PM – Velcro Pygmies

Saturday (8/20) 

6:00 PM – Tremayne


7:00 PM – REWIND of the Shoals


8:30 PM – Thompson Square

 


2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival Sponsors

 


American Champion Sponsors

 


Royal Jubilee Sponsors


Legacy Sponsors


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

Voted Best of the Best 2021 & 2022!

Franklin County

Watermelon Festival 

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

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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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!


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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.