The Jefferson County Watermelon Festival is an annual event that we have celebrated for over 66 years.
Watermelons are a rich part of Jefferson County’s economic and agricultural history. Did you know that the inventor of the watermelon seed separator lived right here in Jefferson County? William Girardeal developed a machine to separate watermelon seeds from their fruit shortly following the close of the American Civil War. This invention bypassed the laborious task of separating the seeds by hand.
In the early years of the Watermelon Festival, farmers gathered around the Courthouse with trucks full of watermelons to sell or give away. Today, the Festival takes up three weekends and the whole downtown of the City of Monticello.
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.
Applications to Participate
Essay Writing Scholarship Application
Again this year the sponsor for the Scholarship Writing Contest is the Capital City Bank. Click HERE to find out more.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Prospective vendors, please fill in the application form HERE and pay your vendor fee easily online.
Vendor fees are $85 for a 12 foot x 12 foot space. If more room is needed, please rent multiple booths.
Non-Profit vendor fees are $50 for a 12 foot x 12 foot space. Be sure to provide your non-profit documentation when you fill in the application.
Prospective vendors, please fill in the application HERE and pay your vendor fee easily online.
NO MORE LEMONADE OR SNOW CONE VENDORS PLEASE! We have reached our max acceptable for the watermelon festival food vendor category.
Vendor fees are $85 for a 12 foot x 15 foot space. If more room is needed, please rent multiple booths.
Joining in the parade is a fun way to participate, market your business, or share about your organization. Submit your parade entry HERE.
Do you want to nominate a Parade Grand Marshall? Click HERE.
Get information to register HERE.
For information on Day 2, click HERE.