32nd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 2 - 5, 2017

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC

 

News Release - June 29, 2016

The 31st Annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival is adding a new feature to this year’s event. An area, known as The Show Place, will spotlight celebrity guests, watermelon demonstrations, healthy eating, and food/cooking demonstrations and samples.

The Show Place is sponsored by Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, which is a long-time partner with the NC Watermelon Festival. The Show Place will be located adjacent to the Information Tent. Demonstrations will take place on August 5 and 6. Attendees are guaranteed to enjoy the sample watermelon treats, learn about the nutrition of summer’s favorite fruit, and have a chance to win a prize. Each demonstration will be unique and entertaining. There is no charge to attend.

The Show Place


Sponsored by Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie, NC

Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 5, 2016
1:00 PM How to Select and Cut Watermelons Lynette Bunch
2:30 PM Quick and Easy Watermelon Snacks Sandra Woodard
5:30 PM Watermelon Centerpieces Expressions - Tim and Lorrie Barnes
6:00 PM Learn the Latest Craze, the Watermelon Crawl
7:30 PM 2016 NC Watermelon Queen, Autographs Sarah Lemons, 2016 Queen
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:45 AM Special Watermelon Recipes - Salsa and Go-Go Parfaits Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital Chefs 
12:30 PM Watermelons and the Economy Nick Augostini, NC Dept. of Agriculture
12:45 PM 2016 NC Watermelon Queen, Nutrition Facts and Autographs Sarah Lemons, 2016 Queen
2:30 PM Watermelon Centerpieces Expressions - Tim and Lorrie Barnes
3:30 PM How to Select and Cut Watermelons Lynette Bunch
5:00 PM Watermelon Pickles... you be the judge Sandra Woodard
6:00 PM Learn the Latest Craze, the Watermelon Crawl

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