The 30th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will take place Aug. 7-9 at the City Park behind Sonic.
Organizer and co-founder Charles Landers said that this year's watermelon crops were a little late due to the floods but there will still be plenty of Cave City's famous watermelons to feed all who attend.
Thursday night's festivities will include the infamous watermelon contest which will be judged at 5 p.m. followed by open mic at 6-6:45 p.m. The Billy Joe French Band will be playing country and western and rock 'n' roll from 9:15-10 p.m. at which time a drawing for the vendor's prizes for youth, teen and adult for $200 cash will take place (adult ticket must be present to win).
Friday night holds in store Keleena Hutchins' Harmonica from 6-6:45 p.m. followed by the Cruiser's Car Club at 7 p.m. E-grass is a form of music described as Elvis with a blue-grass sound and will be performed by Radford Ellis from Memphis, Tenn., at 7:10-7:55 p.m. From 8-9 p.m., the Farris Family Bluegrass will be playing followed by the drawing for the adult prize at 9 p.m. (must be present to win). The Farris Family will continue from 9:15-10 p.m. at which time the drawing for the vendor's prizes for youth, teen and adult will take place for $300 cash (adult ticket must be present to win).
Saturday morning will be the Kiwanis pancake breakfast in the Bank of Cave City parking lot from 6-10 a.m. Also at this time will be the Cave City Cruiser's Annual Car Show at the park. The parade will be lining up at 9 a.m. behind the new high school and will begin at 10 a.m. Queen Melon Amanda Treat and the beauty pageant winners will be introduced shortly after the parade and a political forum will be held at 11:30 a.m. From 12-12:45 p.m., Evon Baxter and Big Creek will be performing followed by a horseshoe pitching contest at 1 p.m. Keleena Hutchins will be performing from 1-1:45 p.m. followed by a performance from the Gaylon Sanderfur Band from 2-3 p.m. The drawing for the watermelon quilt will be held at 3 p.m. and adult ticket holders must be present to win. The Gaylon Sanderfur Band will continue to play from 3:15-4 p.m. at which time the free watermelon feast will begin. A watermelon seed spitting contest will be held at 4:30 p.m. followed by the prize melon auction at 5 p.m. where all proceeds will go to Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Saturday night from 6-6:45 p.m. the Gospel Hour Singers will perform. The Gospel Echoes are celebrating their 29th year with the festival and will perform from 7-7:45 p.m. The Dixie Melody Boys from Kinston, N.C., will perform from 8-9 p.m. at which time the drawing will be held (must be present to win). The Dixie Melody Boys will continue to play from 9:15-10 p.m. and then at 10 p.m. the $500 cash prize drawing for youth, teen and adults will be held (adult tickets must be present to win).
The community sponsors bring the watermelon festival to the community and have donated funds so that participants can enjoy the festival activities and entertainment at no cost.