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2024 Franklin County Watermelon Festival
August 16 & 17, 2024

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



 

WATERMELON T-SHIRTS

Mr. Ant & his famous Watermelon T-shirts will return with NEW colors in 2024!

Our Watermelon Cap is available for purchase!
These Richardson 112 Trucker Caps are embroidered & have a breathable mesh back!

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 – $15
– 6 months
– 12 months
– 18 months
– 2T
– 3T
– 4T

Youth – $20
– XS
– S
– M
– L
– XL

Adult – $20
– S
– M
– L
– XL
– 2XL ($25)
– 3XL ($25)
– 4XL ($25)

Long Sleeve – $25
– S 
– M
– L
– XL
– 2XL

Watermelon Caps – $25


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Festival Hours

Friday, August 16: 6 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, August 17: 10 AM – 10 PM


Friday, August 16 (6 PM – 10:00 PM)

6:30 PM – Opening Ceremony (FREE WATERMELON)
                    National Anthem – Tara Greenhill
7:00 PM – Tremayne
8:30 PM – LOVER: An Eras Tour Experience

Saturday, August 17 (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)
11:00 AM – Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests (FREE WATERMELON)
11:00 AM – Watermelon Contests Registration
12:00 PM – Watermelon Contests Judging
1:00 PM – Watermelon Contests Winners Announced
5:30 PM – FREE WATERMELON (beside Main Stage)
6:00 PM – Rewind of the Shoals
7:00 PM – Austin Bohannon
8:30 PM – Colin Stough


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.


Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests

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

Saturday, August 20, 2022
11:00 AM – Registration
12:00 PM – Judging
1:00 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

 


 

2024 WATERMELON FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Contact our office for information regarding Franklin County Watermelon Festival Sponsorship.
Sponsorship Packets are now available here.
[email protected]
256-332-1760 


American Champion Sponsors



Royal Jubilee Sponsors



Legacy Sponsors



Crimson Sweet Sponsors



Liberty Sponsors


 

 

 


Harmony Sponsors