Cave City will host the 30th annual watermelon festival Aug. 6-8. Besides the obvious fun of the huge feast of the free ice cold watermelon that is held on Saturday at 4 p.m., the yearly event is chocked full of fun activities, contests and food.
Thursday night the festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with the watermelon judging. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with Keleena Hutchins on harmonica. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets each night to enjoy the festivities.
There will be food booths and vendors open throughout the evening. Be sure to register each night for prizes from vendors for youth, teen and adults, as well as a nightly cash prize. At 7 p..m. Thursday night the crowd pleasing Rockin' Luke Stroud will perform his Jerry Lewis rendition followed at 8 p.m. by the Billy Joe French Band. Drawings for prizes will begin at 9 p.m. with the $200 cash prize will be given away at 10 p.m. Winners must be present each night for the prizes.
Friday night will begin with entertainment by Keleena Hutchins at 6 p.m. The Cave City Cruisers will have a drive through the park at 7 p.m. Following the drive through, Evonne Baxter and Calamine will perform until 7:45 p.m. Sarah Roark and the Lockhouse Orchestra will present their vocals to the crowd at 8 p.m. Also at 8 p.m. will be a burn-out contest hosted by the Cave City Cruisers Car Club.
The burn-out event will take place at Ray's Catfish for a $10 entry fee. The drawings begin at 9 p.m. and Sarah Roark and the Lockhouse Orchestra will perform again until 10 p.m., at which time the $300 cash drawing will be held.
Bright and early Saturday morning, the Kiwanis will host a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. -10 p.m. at the Bank of Cave City. The Cave City Cruisers Annual Car Show will begin at 7 a.m. at the Cave City Park.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., with many area businesses and festival winners participating in the event that runs from Cave City High School to the park.
After the parade disassembles, Miss Melon and all watermelon festival pageant winners will be present at the stage in the park for photo opportunities.
Following an 11:30 a.m. political forum, Saturday's events begin at noon with Crystal River Bluegrass. At 1 p.m. there will be a horseshoe pitching contest. Carrey Easley and the Junction 58 Band will also perform at 1 p.m.
The Gaylon Sandefur Band begins to play for the crowd of watermelon festival attendees at 2 p.m.; they will also perform again at 3:15 p.m.
There will be a drawing at 3 p.m. for a beautiful watermelon quilt.
The crowd will gather at 4 p.m., for the watermelon feast, with ice cold melons provided free to the crowd by area growers.
Don't get rid of those seeds from the dripping melons, because at 4:30 p.m., there will be a seed spitting contest.
The Arkansas Children's Hospital will be the benefactor of the Prize Melon auction, where all winning melons are auctioned to the public.
The sounds of gospel music will fill the air on Saturday evening as The Gospel Echoes take the stage at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the Gospel Variety Show and at 8 p.m. by Ernie Crouch and Revival, all the way from Kinston N.C.
The drawings will begin again Saturday night at 9 p.m. with the grand finale being a $500 cash prize awarded at 10 p.m.