33rd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 1 - 4, 2018

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC

 

2018 North Carolina Watermelon Festival
Schedule of Events*

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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 33rd Annual NC Watermelon Festival
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Entertainment - Jay Jenkins - Shaggin' on the Beach, DJ
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM   Entertainment - Jim Quick and Coastline Band
7:30 PM Bingo - Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce
10:30 PM Watermelon Festival closes
Thursday, August 2, 2018
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 - Mikele Buck Band
10:30 PM Watermelon Festival closes
Friday, August 3, 2018 - $1 Admission Charge (12 and over)
12:00 PM Festival Market opens 
12:00 PM Crafts/Antiques/Collectibles & Food Court opens
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM BBQ/Fried Chicken Dinner, Jefcoat Museum
6:00 PM -10:00 PM   Cole Amusement Rides open
6:30 PM Patrick O'Brien, Fruit Carving Ninja - Show Place
6:30 PM NC Watermelon Queen, Autographs - Show Place
7:00 PM -10:00 PM Entertainment - The Janitors
11:00 PM  Watermelon Festival Closes
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - $1 Admission Charge (12 and over)
7:00 AM – 9:45 AM Pancake Breakfast, Murfreesboro Baptist Church
9:00 AM Festival Market and Food Court opens
10:00 AM Watermelon Festival 5K Run/Walk
10:00 AM NC Watermelon Festival Parade - Main Street
10:00 AM   Miniature Animals Petting Zoo, free pony rides
11:00 AM Welcoming Ceremony
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides open (re-open at 5:00 pm)
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 Fruit Carving Ninja - Show Place
12:45 PM "NC Watermelon Queen, Nutrition Facts and Autographs" - Show Place
1:15 PM Entertainment - Suffolk Peanut Cloggers
2:00 PM Cole Amusement Rides close
2:00 PM Seed Spitting/Watermelon Eating Contests
2:15 PM Entertainment - Captain's Crew
4:15 PM Entertainment - Hope Miller School of Dance
5:00 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 June 27, 2018

 

Entertainment Schedule

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
7:00 PM - Jim Quick and Coastline Band

Thursday, August 2,  2018
7:00 PM - Mikele Buck Band

Friday, August 3, 2018
7:00 PM - The Janitors

Saturday, August 4, 2018
7:00 PM - Pizazz

Full schedule of events

2018 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