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Watermelon Festival Weekend Saturday

June 17, 2017

FMB 31st Annual Breakfast

7:00 – 9:00 am, or until the food runs out

$7.00 per person
for children 12 and under, the cost is $5.00

Join your friends at FMB for an outdoor breakfast. Start your day with good food before a day of Festival activities.

Kiwanis Sanctioned 5k Melon Run

Saturday, June 17th at 8:15 AM
Registration at the First United Methodist Church Hwy 90 and S. Water St.
beginning at 7:00 am

Pre-registration is available through the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Winds Track Club or through Active.com.

Register on or before June 14th to guarantee shirt! Registration day of race is $25 (shirt based on availability).

There will be awards for the following:

  • Three Deep Male & Female in each 5 year age group (under 10 to 80+)
  • Top Male & Female: Overall, Masters, Grandmasters & Local

For more info, email watermelonrun@gmail.com. This is a Gulf Winds Track Club event.

Vendor Village

Saturday 9 AM ’till…
Dogwood, Cherry & Pearl Streets (see the map below)

I Found It In Historic Monticello

Downtown Monticello is where the action is this year with a fabulous line up of Arts & Crafts and Food vendors for the 2017 Watermelon Festival.

Just look at the arts & crafts you will find:

  • gorgeous quilts
  • old-fashioned hand carved items • live plants
  • hand dipped scented candles
  • pottery
  • dulcimers
  • artisan jewelry

And for food: funnel cakes, shaved ice, cotton candy, pizza, alligator, BBQ, pork, chicken and ice cream!

Several new vendors will be showcasing their products, so stroll through our quaint city and discover our charm.

Watermelon Parade

10 AM Beginning at Jefferson Street (US 19) and Anderson.

The Watermelon Festival Parade is always a crowd pleaser and this year will be no different. Every year brings a different theme, and this year’s is Watermelon Time with entrants encouraged to go all out to decorate.

Entries are judged and winners chosen for:

  • Best Merchant
  • Best Civic or Group
  • Most Unusual
  • Spirit Award
  • Best Theme
  • …with the grand prize going to Best In Show

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the grand prize winner will receive $100 with other winners collecting $40 each.

Be sure to find a spot close to the courthouse circle to hear the winners enthusiastically announced by parade chair Lisa Reasoner Hall.

Bring your sunscreen, umbrellas or grab a spot in the shade but whatever you do, stay hydrated. The parade steps off exactly at 10:00 am so don’t miss it!

10th Annual Open Car Show

10 AM to 12:30 PM at the FMB Parking Lot

Once again, the Tallahassee Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be presenting an open car show for everyone to enjoy. The show is open to all types of vehicles original, restored or modified, including antiques, classics, customs, street rods, late models, trucks, and motorcycles.

Some of these may be driven in the parade before being parked in the FMB parking lot for the show. An awards ceremony and raffle for cash prizes will start at 12:00 pm.

Members Art Exhibit

10 AM – 2 PM
575 W. Washington Street

Jefferson Arts Gallery invites you to “Through a Window” annual Summer Member Show.

The gallery’s regular hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 Noon.
Phone: (850) 997-3311
Email: info@je ersonartsgallery.com

Saturday Platform Events

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Hot Tamale – A regular at the Watermelon Festival
Adrian Fogelin and Craig Reeder

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Nitro Groundshakers – A huge success at the Watermelon Festival for the past few years
Joe Wall – Drums and Vocal, John Viele – Guitar and Vocal, David Broadfoot – Guitar, Phil Adams – Bass, Mike Lynch – Vocal

Children’s Theater

Watermelon Festival Day Performance
Saturday, June 17th at 11:30 AM
Opera House

$10.00 Adults / Teens
$5.00 Children

Welcome to the 19th year for children’s theater at the Watermelon Festival in the historic, air-conditioned Monticello Opera House. Last year’s cast of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and Benjamin Bunny) had a hopping good time as the bunnies chomped their way through Mr. MacGregor’s vegetable garden.

This year’s cast of 32 talented young actors/singers/dancers presents, Alice in Wonderland! You’ll see Alice embark on a wild adventure through Wonderland as she meets the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts and the Madhatter. Is it real, or just a dream?

For the 11th year in a row, the Monticello Acting & Dance Co., directed by Melanie Mays, performs for audiences of all ages. Children, teens and parents participate in the summer theater program and give generously of their time not only onstage, but behind the scenes as well. And while the cast rehearses, in the process, they also learn to sing, dance and act!

There are four performances, two of which are open to the public. The rest are pre-sold to Tallahassee summer camp programs: the Boys & Girls Club and Jefferson Elementary School.

This year’s cast will also perform at libraries in Leon, Gadsden, and Jefferson County; Brynwood Center, Cross Landings and Westminster Oaks; and make a special appearance at the Womans Club Fashion Show.

If you are interested in dance, voice, piano, acting, or guitar lessons, call MadCo at 850-321-0036! Come visit our studio at 262 N. Cherry Street. Classes are forming now!

Purchase an Alice In Wonderland t-shirt or discounted t-shirts from our past productions to help support MadCo’s future children’s theater productions.

Wacky Watermelon Games

Sponsored by Mike’s Pest Solutions

12 PM Noon
Cherry Street Between The Downtown Club & Rancho Grande

The games will include several events which will not only test the participant’s athletic abilities, but will test gastronomical stamina as well. There will be relay races, special events for the little ones, challenges for the older gamesters, all of which will involve the use of watermelons.

There will also be a “no hands allowed” watermelon eating contest for those who wish to cool off with a face full of watermelon! Look for the sign! See you there!

Instructions and applications to participate in the Watermelon Festival Events are still online HERE

For information on Saturday Events, click HERE.

Map for Watermelon Festival


June 17, 2017
Event Category:


Chamber of Commerce


Downtown Monticello
1 Courthouse Circle
Monticello, FL 32344 United States
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