36th Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 4 - August 7, 2021

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 4, 2021
7:00 PM - Main Event Band

Thursday, August 5,  2021
6:30 PM - New Band on the Block
8:15 PM - Martin Terry

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

Saturday, August 7, 2021
4:30PM - Vintage Cross
7:00 PM - Pizazz

Full schedule of events

2021 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsorship

Glover Construction

Seaboard, NC

Gold Sponsorship 

Town of Murfreesboro

Silver Sponsorship

Chowan University

Jernigan Logo 300

Murfreesboro Farms, Inc.

NC Farm Bureau Insurance, Hertford County
NC Watermelon Association
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital


Business Patron

Ace Hardware Murfreesboro
Bryant & Lassiter Septic Tank Service
Commercial Ready Mix Products
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Home
Hill Realty
Hunter's Funeral Home
Logan's Roadhouse, Roanoke Rapids
Nucor Steel Hertford
Revelle and Lee Attorneys
Revelle Realty, Murfreesboro
WRB Rentals - Brown's Mobile Home Sales