36th Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 4 - August 7, 2021

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC


Theme: "Honoring Those Who Served"

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Rain or Shine!

Main Street Murfreesboro - 10:00 AM

Parade Entry Form Download - Due July 26, 2019



2018 Watermelon Festival Parade Grand Marshal:

Nick Augostini, Asst. Director, Horticulture & Seafood
North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Nick has worked in the produce industry for over 40 years.  For the past 20 years, he has worked for the state of North Carolina:  13 years as a marketing specialist, seven years as Assistant Director of Marketing for the Department of Agriculture, and two years as a produce buyer for the Department of Corrections.  Prior to his work in North Carolina, Nick owned and operated a wholesale produce business in upstate New York.

2018 Watermelon Festival Parade Celebrity Marshal:

Don Roberts, WAVY-TV 10

Don Roberts is WAVY-TV’s “Marathon Man.” He co-anchors 5 1/2 hours of news a day, first as co-host of the number-1 rated morning newscast in Hampton Roads: WAVY News 10 Today and WAVY News 10 Midday. Don joined WAVY-TV in 1989. Before that, he was the news and production director at radio station WRAP-AM. Don is an award-winning reporter, and a published author. Well known for his love of softball and chess, Don is a graduate of Towson University. Originally from Baltimore, Don and his family now reside in Newport News.


Entertainment Schedule

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
7:00 PM - Main Event Band

Thursday, August 5,  2021
7:00 PM - Showcase of Local Bands

Friday, August 6, 2021
7:00 PM - North Tower

Saturday, August 7, 2021
7:00 PM - Pizazz

Full schedule of events

2019 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsorship

Glover Construction

Silver Sponsorship

Chowan University

Murfreesboro Farms, Inc.
NC Watermelon Association
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital

Real Country 101.7 WLQM

Business Patron

Brown's Mobile Home Sales
Bryant & Lassiter Septic Tank Service
Commercial Ready Mix
Expressions by Tim and Lorrie
Hill Realty
Metal Tech of Murfreesboro
Napoli's Pizza
NC Farm Bureau - Hertford County
Nucor Steel Hertford
WDLZ - Earl - 98.3 Murfreesboro
WPTM - Maverick - 102.3 Roanoke Rapids
WQDK - The Bull - 99.3 Ahoskie