32nd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 2 - 5, 2017

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC

 

2016 NC Watermelon Festival

2016 North Carolina Watermelon Festival
Schedule of Events*

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Chamber of Commerce Steamed Shrimp Dinner, King's Landing 
6:00 PM Festival Food Court opens
6:00 PM Cole Amusement rides open - wrist bands available ($22 each)
6:30 PM Opening of the 31st Annual NC Watermelon Festival
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Entertainment - Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Entertainment - Jay Jenkins - Shaggin' on the Beach, DJ
7:00 PM Bingo - Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce
10:30 PM Watermelon Festival closes
Thursday, August 4, 2016
4:30PM – 7:00 PM BBQ Rib Dinner, Murfreesboro Rotary Club
6:00 PM Festival Food Court opens
6:00 PM Cole Amusement rides open – wrist bands available ($22 each)
7:00PM -10:00 PM Entertainment - Spare Change
10:30 PM Watermelon Festival closes
Friday, August 5, 2016 - $1 Admission Charge (12 and over)
12:00 PM Festival Market opens 
12:00 PM Crafts/Antiques/Collectibles & Food Court opens
1:00 PM "How to Select and Cut Watermelons" - Show Place
2:30 PM "Quick and Easy Watermelon Snacks" - Show Place
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM BBQ/Fried Chicken Dinner, Jefcoat Museum
5:30 PM "Watermelon Centerpieces" - Show Place
6:00 PM "Learn the Latest Craze, the Watermelon Crawl" - Show Place
6:00 PM -10:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides open
7:00 PM -10:00 PM Entertainment - Steve Owens and the Summertime Band
11:00 PM  Watermelon Festival Closes
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - $1 Admission Charge (12 and over)
7:00 AM – 9:45 AM Pancake Breakfast, Murfreesboro Baptist Church
10:00 AM Festival Market and Food Court opens
10:00 AM Watermelon Festival 5K Run/Walk
10:00 AM NC Watermelon Festival Parade - Main Street
11:00 AM Welcoming Ceremony - Robin Bland, vocalist
11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Helicopter Rides
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides open (re-open at 6:00 pm)
11:15 AM "Special Watermelon Recipes - Salsa, Go-Go Parfait" - Show Place
11:30 AM Watermelon Princess Review
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Little Farmer/Little Miss Farmer Contests
12:15 PM Watermelon Princess Finals
12:30 PM "Watermelon and the Economy" - Show Place
12:45 PM "NC Watermelon Queen, Nutrition Facts and Autographs" - Show Place
1:00 PM Entertainment - Potecasi Creek Strings Band
1:45 PM   Hannah Welborn-Lewis, NC Rhododendron Queen
1:45 PM   Cassidy Gentry, NC Junior Rhododendron Queen
2:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides close
2:00 PM Seed Spitting/Watermelon Eating Contests
2:45 PM Entertainment - Peanut City Cloggers
3:30 PM "How to Select and Cut Watermelons" - Show Place
4:00 PM Entertainment - Martin Terry, vocalist
5:00 PM "Watermelon Pickles... you be the judge" - Show Place
6:00 PM "Learn the Latest Craze, the Watermelon Crawl" - Show Place
6:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides re-open
7:30 PM - 10:15 PM Entertainment - Pizazz Band
9:15 PM Fireworks Show
11:00 PM Watermelon Festival Closes

*All times and events subject to change.

Schedule last updated July 26, 2016