The 68th Annual Watermelon Festival is over, and it was the best ever! We’ll start planning next year’s in Spring of 2019.
Whether you want to participate in the Watermelon Pageants, watch the annual parade, join the Car Show, or just eat a bunch of home-grown melons, the Monticello-Jefferson Chamber is the place to start. The Festival is always the 3rd weekend in June – 2018 will be June 15 & 16. Sign up for the Chamber Newsletter to stay informed!
Enjoy photos from past years in the Watermelon Festival Photo Gallery.
Our Pageant Queens
Congratulations to our 2018 Miss Watermelon Queen Dalayna Nolan and Teen Miss Watermelon Queen Kenzie Key! Look for them in the parade.
Applications to Participate
Ultimate Air Dogs
This event is the exciting sport of dock diving by ultimate dogs! The Chamber will set up a pool at Gary Wright’s Downtown Club (behind Rio Grande Restaurant) and our City of Monticello will fill it with 20,000 gallons of water!
You can sponsor this event. Download the sponsorship program HERE.
You can participate with your dogs! Follow THIS LINK to get all your questions answered, see the schedule and register for events.
Click this image for a local news video from Fox.
Dog Photo Contest
We’re also having a Photo Contest for your dog. Download the application, and submit with your favorite 5×7 dog photo to the Chamber of Commerce! Entry fee is only $5 and $5 more enters you into the Best Overall Watermelon Theme Category! Winners will be announced on June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Ultimate Dogs Show!
Deadline to enter is 5:00pm on June 1st.
Essay Writing Scholarship 2018
New Deadline: May 23rd at 4:30pm. Sponsored by Capital City Bank, this scholarship provides Jefferson County students with funding at the college or trade school of the student’s choosing. Review the criteria on the Writing Scholarship 2018 page.
Watermelon Festival Parade
Show everyone your slice of Jefferson County culture and history. Get together with friends, family or co-workers to decorate a float this year. Read the rules and apply for a spot on the Parade Entry Application page.
Nominate someone for the Parade Grand Marshal HERE.
The Great American Bed Race
This is a fun, hilarious event. From inventors to creators, clowns to muscle, there’s something for everyone in our Great American Bed Race.
This year’s race is sponsored by Gulf Coast Lumber / True Value.
It begins at 6:30 PM on June 7th at Mulberry Street. Be sure to get there early!
40th Annual Kiwanis 5K Run
The Kiwanis Club of Monticello, FL holds a 5k race every year at the Watermelon Festival. This year, the race starts is on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and the Start Time is at 8:15 AM.
Register at Eventbrite or Download Application and submit it by June 12 to get a T-shirt. Otherwise, you can register from 7 AM – 8 AM a the First United Methodist Church – Family Ministry Center (Corner of South Water Street & Hwy 90 West).
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Like their Facebook Page to learn more.
Baby Photo Contest
What could be cuter than babies with watermelons? Show off your child or children having fun with this kid-favorite fruit.
This contest is for fun and is not a professional photo contest. The judges will look for the baby photo that appeals to them and showcases the individual child, the festival and our community, rather than the quality and clarity of the photo.
All photos will be on display at a selected downtown storefront location, and awards will be presented at the Kick-Off Dinner on June 8. Parents of winning baby photos will be responsible for organizing and decorating a float for the Parade held Saturday, June 16th.
Applications and photo submissions must be received no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Entries can be dropped off at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
Download the application to see all the rules.
This year’s car show will be held in the Farmers and Merchants Bank parking lot one block East of the Court House 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
It is open to all vehicles, including antiques, classics, customs, street rods, trucks, late models and motorcycles. Free for spectators.
- $10 pre-registration or $15 at the show on Saturday 16 June 2018 for display
- $5 more to be Judged to win a trophy
You can register at the show or download the form HERE. All registrants will get a prize bag plus a free prize raffle ticket and a guaranteed good time.
Lots of prizes!
Cash raffle open for all!
Prizes and raffle drawings begin at Noon. You must be present to win.