August 19-20, 2022

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2022 Vendor Applications are now available!
Deadline for the Early Bird Special is June 3, 2022
Deadline for ALL Applications is July 8, 2022 (NO applications will be accepted after this date)
Applications may be emailed to: director@franklincountychamber.org
or mailed to: P.O. Box 44, Russellville, AL 35653

(Video) 2022 Watermelon Festival Demonstration

2022 Vendor Application – FILLABLE PDF
2022 Vendor Application – PRINT PDF

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Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests

11 AM – Registration
12 PM – Weighing Starts
Russellville First Baptist Church Park
201 Washington Ave NW, Russellville, AL 35653

Watermelon Contests Categories:

Largest Weighing Watermelon from Franklin County
Largest Weighing Watermelon
Most Unusual Watermelon
Best Tasting Watermelon
Best Dressed Watermelon
Seed Spitting Contest

Watermelon Festival Contest Rules

2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival Pageant will be
July 23, 2022!


Applications are now available!
Fillable PDF Application | Print Application
DEADLINE IS JUNE 22, 2022 | 4 PM.
(deadline includes application, registrationfee, & photogenic photograph)

2022 Franklin County Watermelon Festival Pageant Queens

Queens will be presented at the Watermelon Festival Opening Ceremony on August 19th. The Watermelon Festival Queen (Age 18-21) will also be responsible for cutting the first watermelon at the Opening Ceremony, awarding prizes at the Watermelon Festival, riding in the Russellville Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 1, 2022 and crowning at the 2023 Watermelon Pageant.

(Video) 76th Annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival Parade

2021 Miss Watermelon Festival Queen
Katie Lynne Thomas

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Watermelon Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

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5K and 1 Mile Fun Run!

Saturday, August 21, 2021
Russellville High School Field House
Race Day Registration begins at 6:00 AM

5K begins at 7:30 AM with the 1 Mile Fun Run beginning immediately after.

For more information & online registration: https://watermelonfestival5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6063

*Presented by the Russellville High School Marching Hundred Auxiliaries*

Main Stage Entertainment Line Up

Friday (8/19)

5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony – National Anthem:
6:00 PMComing soon!
7:00 PMComing soon!
8:30 PMComing soon!

Saturday (8/20)

6:00 PMComing soon!
7:00 PMComing soon!
8:30 PMComing soon!

Sponsorships are NOW AVAILABLE for the 41st Annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival! Contact our office for more information:
director@franklincountychamber.org
256-332-1760

Royal Jubilee Sponsors

Legacy Sponsors

Crimson Sweet Sponsors

Liberty Sponsors

Harmony Sponsors

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Franklin County

Watermelon Festival

Voted Best Adults and Children’s Events in the Tennessee Valley

The Franklin County Watermelon Festival began in 1981 and is the largest festival in Franklin County.

This spectacular family event offers two days of non-stop music, contests and entertainment, as well as, a pageant, arts & crafts, 5k run, antique car & truck show, tasty festival foods, tractor show, and a slice of FREE watermelon!

(Video) hampton watermelon 2019

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(Video) 76th Hampton County Watermelon Festival Event Highlights

Franklin County Declared the
Watermelon Capital of Alabama

In 2013, Senator Roger Bedford and Representative Johnny Mack Morrow was successful in passing a resolution in the Alabama Legislature declaring Franklin County “Watermelon Capital of Alabama”.

(Video) Clay County Watermelon Festival

From Left to Right: Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, Senator Roger Bedford, Bobby Bolton originator of the annual Watermelon Festival, Cassie Medley, Franklin County Executive Director, Russellville Mayor David Grissom, Kreg Kennedy, District Field Representative for U. S. Senator Robert Aderholt, Franklin County Probate Judge Barry Moore, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce President (2013) Mike Shewbart.
(Video) Clay County Watermelon Festival 2018! (Shot with Sony AX-53)
(Video) 80TH ANNUAL HAMPTON COUNTY WATERMELON FESTIVAL PARADE