In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Hope Watermelon Festival

It's one of the biggest festivals in Southwest Arkansas... and one of the tastiest.

Juicy…sweet…delicious… some of the words you’re going to hear at the Hope Watermelon Festival. It’s happening Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11 at Fair Park in Hope, Arkansas. There’s a ton of events going on for everyone from Watermelon Idol to Global 1 Pro Wrestling and GospelFest to the Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest. Governor Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to appear at the eating contest.

First of all, there’ll be ice cold watermelons to eat. $1.50 and $2.00 slices. Buy them Thursday from 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday from 10:00am-9:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am-8:00pm. Look for the BIG tent.

Kids can play inside at the video game station. Or make them play outdoors at the Laser Tag Center and the Kids Zone! They will get to paint the bus, ride the camel or pony, and play in the petting zoo. Thursday (8/9) at 1:000pm, kids can participate in the parade.

Get a workout in at the 5K Run & Melon Mile. Click here for more info on the run. Plus there will be a softball tournament and golf tournament.

42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival Schedule:

Thursday, August 9

Noon – Vendors/Exhibitors/Kidz Zone Open
Video Game Station & Laser Tag (near BancorpSouth Stage) Will be there each day during the festival!
1:00 – Kiddos Bike/Trike/Stroller/Walking Parade – (Legion Field Line-Up)
2:00 – Firewater Performing (Hope Auto/Farmers Bank Stage)
4:30 – Watermelon Idol (Hope Auto/Farmers Bank Stage) UAHT Sponsor
4:30 – 7:00 – Kiwanis BBQ Chicken Supper – Community Room
5:00 – Watermelon by the Slice Opens (BIG tent)
6:00 – 7:00 – Daulton Brewer & Friends (BancorpSouth Stage)
6:30 – 7:30 -Dog Show (Swine Barn) Dr. Damien Stroderd Sponsor & Chair
7:00 – Mister & Miss Watermelon Festival Pageant (McDonald’s Stage inside the coliseum) Gigi Bradshaw, Chair

Friday, August 10

9:00 – Open / Kidz Zone FUN! (Camel Rides! Pony Rides! Petting Zoo! Paint the Bus!)
9:00 – Exhibitors Open / Concessions may choose to open at 10:30, so they can remain open through the headliner concert.
10:00 – Noon – Make Mine a Melon Watermelon Recipe Contest & Tasting (coliseum)
10:00 – Watermelon by the Slice Opens (BIG Tent) Hope Auto and Super 1 Sponsors
10:30 – Concessions Open
11:00 – 2:00 – Lil Skinny & the Big Rooster (Hope Auto/Farmers Bank Stage)
3:00 – 4:00 – BancorpSouth Stage Entertainment – Dancetastics
4:00 – 6:00 – Business/Industry Watermelon Olympics (gather behind BancorpSouth Stage)
4:30 – 7:00 – Lions Club Fish Fry
6:00 – Gates open to Legion Field for Headliner Concert
6:05 – Watermelon Idol Finalist , 7:30 – Buddy Jewell, 8:25 – Winner Watermelon Idol, 8:30 – Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee

Saturday, August 11

7:30 – 5K Run/ Walk followed by Melon Mile for kiddos Don Still, Chairman
8:00 – 2:00 – Civitan Antique & Classic Car Show (behind BancorpSouth Stage)
9:00 – Rusty Wheels Antique Engine Show (opens)
9:00 – Vendors & Exhibitors OPEN including SATURDAY ONLY in coliseum!
9:00 – 3:00 – CMA Motorcycle Show (Front gate to the right)
9:00- 11:00 – Fishing Derby (Huckabee Lake) Robin Lee, Chairman
9:00 – Kidz Zone Opens (70′ long Inflatable Obstacle course! Camel & Pony rides! Train Rides! Bubble College! Chalk Art! Face Painting! Balloon Art! Much, much more…)
9:30 – Money in the Haystack (near big tent)  Heather Doucet State Farm Sponsor & Chair
9:30 – Noon – Run! Jump! Throw! (for kiddos/ Legion Field)
10:00 – Watermelon by the Slice Opens (BIG tent)
10:00 – Headstart F.A.C.T. – Reading Tent for Kiddos
10:30 – Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest (BancorpSouth Stage) Followed by the Watermelon Weigh-off & Auction in the BIG Tent – UAHT Sponsor
10:30 – 11:30 – Nighthawk – on Hope Auto/Farmers Bank Stage)
11:30 – 1st of 3 Southern BMX Stunt Show (on basketball court)
2 additional shows- 1:30 & 3:45 (basketball court)
Noon – Watermelon Eating Contest (BancorpSouth Stage) – UAHT Sponsor
1:00 – Taekwondo Demonstration – (BancorpSouth Stage)
1:00 – 3:30 – Seed Spitting (Hope Auto/Farmers Bank) Dave Phillips, Chair
1:30 – HHS Band – BancorpSouth Stage
2:00 – 4:00 – Baggo Tournament (Legion Field) Summer Powell, Chair
2:00 – 3:00 – Watermelon Waddle Rubber Duck Races – Pool
3:00 – Swimming Exhibition (Pool)
3:00 – HHS Robotics Team Demo – BancorpSouth Stage
3:30 – 4:00 – Carl Jackson – BancorpSouth Stage
4:30 – 6:30 – Global 1 Pro Wrestling – Rodeo Arena (Armbands will be provided, so everyone may come/go for food & drink.) Paradise Quickstop #5 & Michael Dampier, Ohio Club, Sponsors
4:00 – 6:45 – GospelFest – BancorpSouth Stage – Caney Creek Estates Mobile Home Park, Kindred at Home & Herndon-Fuqua, Sponsors

Don Still – 4:15 – 4:45, Brady Rhodes – 4:45 – 5:15, Arnetta Bradford – 5:15 – 5:50, Measure of Grace – 5:50 -6:50

Hope to see you out there at the Hope Watermelon Festival!