32nd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 2 - 5, 2017

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC



The 32nd Annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival is continuing to feature an educational area in this year’s event. Known as The Show Place, this area will spotlight celebrity guests, watermelon demonstrations, healthy eating, and food/cooking demonstrations with 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 4, 2017
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 2017 NC Watermelon Queen, Autographs Emma Cannon, 2017 Queen
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 AM Special Watermelon Recipes - Salsa and Go-Go Parfaits Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital Chefs 
12:45 PM 2017 NC Watermelon Queen, Nutrition Facts and Autographs Emma Cannon, 2017 Queen
4:00 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

2017 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsorship
Glover Construction, Inc.

Silver Sponsorship
Commercial Ready Mix Products
Metal Tech of Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro Farms, Inc.
NC Watermelon Association
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital

Business Patron
Ace Hardware of Murfreesboro
Brown's Mobile Home Sales
Bryant & Lassiter Septic Tank Service
Chowan University
Expressions by Tim and Lorrie
Hill Realty
Jernigan Oil & Gas
Johnson & McLean CPAs
NC Farm Bureau - Hertford County
Nucor Steel Hertford
Revelle and Lee Law Office
Southern Bank
WDLZ - Murfreesboro
WLQM - Franklin
WPTM - Roanoke Rapids