The 48th annual Water Valley Watermelon Carnival will be held on August 4th and 5th at Water Valley’s City Park. The Watermelon Carnival is Water Valley’s most prized annual celebration. An estimated 20,000 people attend the various events, and it is always set the first weekend in August. The carnival is named among the top 20 festivals in the southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society.
Each year’s carnival is kicked off by a Thursday evening music festival at the Civic Auditorium, sponsored by the Town & Country Garden Club. On Friday, a Street Dance with a fireworks display draws crowds to City Park. Saturday is full of continuous entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, contests, parades, an antique car show, a 3-K run and much more.
This year’s carnival includes melon eating and throwing contests, seedspitting, a car show,, live music, fireworks, biggest melon contest, a pet parade, games, and free watermelon slices. The festival also features a barbecue contest with categories such as best side, best dessert, best sauce, and best watermelon dish. For more information, call 662-473- 1122, or visit Water Valley Chamber online.
Free watermelon slices being cut by Mr. Casey Washington