Do You Have the Largest Watermelon of the What-A-Melon Festival?

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24, 2019

June 17, 2019 (Entry Form) - Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 11th, 12th, and 13th!

Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with twenty-two watermelon entries of which nineteen tipped the scales over 100 pounds! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 152 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.

From left: Whitley Johnson with 3rd place melon, Louise Johnson with her 2nd place melon, and Olivia Johnson with her 1st place melon

Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival this year and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 11th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24th. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be picked up at Boles Feed in Center or at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center. Entries can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.

The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.