Watermelons are a rich part of Jefferson County’s economic and agricultural history. The whole town gets together to celebrate in the summers, and we’ve been doing this for over six decades now. We are already thinking about how to make the 2018 event better than ever.
Enjoy photos from past years in the Watermelon Festival Photo Gallery.
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!
Here’s the tentative schedule.
10am: Little Girls/Boys Pageant
4pm: Big Girls Pageant
Kiwanis 5K Run
Ultimate Air Dogs
Applications to Participate
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.
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 2018
Get started early this year. 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. Apply HERE.
Kiwanis 5K Run