32nd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 2 - 5, 2017

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC


Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00AM

Race begins at 10 AM sharp. Course closes at 11 AM.

Cost is $25 before August 5, $30 on race day. Race day registration and pre-registered number pick-up begins at 8:45 AM on the lawn of Murfreesboro Baptist Church (200 W. Main St.).

Register Online

Mail-In Registration Form

runners in 5k

Now in its 12th year, the NC Watermelon Festival 5K has become one of the most popular summer road races in northeastern North Carolina.  Runners lead off the annual Watermelon Festival parade down Main Street in historic Murfreesboro, then wind their way through the campus of Chowan University and the lakefront residential part of town. Our 5K course is USTAF certified (NC-06024-PH).

All proceeds from the race go to support summer children's reading programs at the Elizabeth Sewell Parker Public Library in downtown Murfreesboro.

All registered 5K participants will receive an official Murfreesboro watermelon. The first 100 participants are guaranteed official race shirts. Awards will be given to overall men's and women's champions, plus age group awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd).


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Entertainment Schedule

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
7:00 PM - Band of Oz

Thursday, August 3,  2017
7:00 PM - Backyard Groove

Friday, August 4, 2017
7:00 PM - Steve Owens and the Summertime Band

Saturday, August 5, 2017
7:00 PM - Pizazz Band

Full schedule of events

2016 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsorship
Glover Construction, Inc.

Silver Sponsorship
Murfreesboro Farms, Inc.
National Watermelon Promotion Board
NC Watermelon Association
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital

Business Patron
Chowan University
Expressions by Tim and Lorrie
Hill Realty
Jernigan Oil & Gas
Nucor Steel Hertford
Revelle and Lee Law Office
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
WDLZ - Murfreesboro
WLQM - Franklin
WPTM - Roanoke Rapids