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
7:00 PM - Showcase of Local Bands

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

Saturday, August 7, 2021
7:00 PM - Pizazz

Full schedule of events

2019 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