It’s time for Vendors to start thinking about the 2019 Watermelon Festival in Monticello, Florida.
This event brings 5,000 to 7,000 people to Monticello each year. We want to provide a variety of vendors to give our visitors plenty of choices and to help each vendor make a fair profit.
View last year’s Watermelon Festival Pageants and other Events.
Enjoy photos from past years in the Watermelon Festival Photo Gallery.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Please fill in the application form HERE and pay your vendor fee easily online.
Please fill in the application HERE and pay your vendor fee easily online.
Essay Writing Scholarship 2019
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 2019 page.
Baby Photo Contest
What could be cuter than babies with watermelons? Show off your child or children having fun with this kid-favorite fruit.
Join in the fun by participating in this annual event that draws a crowd when photos of all the beautiful children in our town are put on display. All contestants must be Jefferson County residents and it’s open to ages newborn to 5 years old. Watermelon theme photos encouraged. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Deadline is 5pm, Monday, May 20, 2019
Complete an application and submit to the Chamber of Commerce with your favorite 8 x 10 photo.
Entry Fee is only $10, and $5 more if you want the photo to be entered into the ‘Overall Theme’ category.
All photos will be on display at a selected downtown storefront location, and winners will be announced at the Kick-Off Dinner on June 7.
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.
Parents of winning baby photos will be responsible for organizing and decorating a float for the Parade held Saturday, June 15th.
Download the application to see all the rules and enter the contest.
Open Car Show
Tallahassee Region Antique Auto Club of America presents…
Open to all vehicles, including antiques, classics, modifieds, late models, trucks and motorcycles. Show your vehicle, or have it judged to win a trophy!
New Trophy Categories
- Pre-War Original or Restored
- Late Model (2000 & Newer)
- Custom or Street Rods
- Judges’ Choice Categories
All registrants will get a Free Prize Raffle Ticket and a guaranteed good time!
June 15, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | The First Bank Parking Lot
- $10 pre-registration or $15 at the show for display
- $5 more to be Judged to win a trophy
- Free for spectators.
All vehicles must be in place by 11:00 AM. Only vehicles registered for the Auto Show may drive in the Parade. Parade lineup is at 9:00 AM.
Prizes and raffle drawings begin at Noon. You must be present to win.
For more information call Norm at (850) 322-6788.
2nd Annual Dog Photo Contest
Join in on the fun by participating in the second annual Dog Photo Contest!
Download and complete the Dog Photo Contest Application and submit to Soulshine Vintage with your favorite 5×7 dog photo.Soulshine Vintage
195 N. Jefferson Street
Deadline to enter is 5:00pm on May 20th
The entry fee is only $5, and $5 more enters you into the Best Overall Watermelon Theme category!
Winners will be announced on June 14th at 6:30 pm at the Ultimate Air Dogs Show
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. (Coming Soon)
Parade Grand Marshall Nomination
The Parade Grand Marshal is presented to a resident of Jefferson County who has made a positive difference through leadership, community involvement, volunteerism and overall public service to our County.
These activities should be outside the duties of the individuals’ regular job. Previous winners from the past five (5) years are not eligible.
If you know of someone deserving this honor, please fill out the form below or Download the PDF and get it to the Chamber by email, USPS mail or by dropping it off.Monticello Jefferson Chamber
Attn: Parade Chair
420 W. Washington St.
Monticello, FL 32344
Feel free to attach additional pages if necessary.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 31st 2019 by 12:00 noon.
The successful nominee will be decided by the Watermelon Festival Committee Members and must be available to ride in the parade on June 15th 2019. Please confirm that your nominee is willing to serve and is able to ride in the parade before submitting your nomination.