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The Hope Watermelon Festival: Such sweet fun!

What a sweeeeet festival.

Juicy…sweet…delicious… some of the words you’re going to hear at the 45th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival. It’s happening Thursday, August 5 to Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Fair Park in Hope, Arkansas. This event is one of the biggest in Southwest Arkansas that’s even attracted the attention and participation of governors. With the continued threat of Covid-19, please follow local, state and federal guidelines. This year features several bands and performers sprinkled throughout the weekend with Phil Vassar headlining Saturday night. Of course you can browse the arts and crafts vendors, eat plenty of good food and watermelon. Back again are the Watermelon Olympics. Head on over to Fair Park in Southwest Hope for all of the fun. Here are a few highlights…

Thursday, August 5 – Open at Noon

Watermelon Idol at 4:30pm

The dog show at 6:30pm

Baggo tournament at 6:30pm

Friday, August 6 – Open at 9:00am

Lions Club Fish Fry at 4:30pm

PRAISEFEST – Gates open at 6:00pm. Free concert starts at 7:00pm

Saturday, August 7

Watermelon 5K at 7:30am

Civitan Antique and Classic Car Show starts at 8:00am

Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest at 11:00am followed by the main eating contest at Noon

Seed Spitting Contest at 1:30pm

Watermelon Idol Finals/Jake Gill Band/Phil Vassar concert (Tickets required) starts at 6:00pm


There’s plenty more activities and events listed on their website. Hope to see you out there at the Hope Watermelon Festival!

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