Watermelon Festival

Each year in August, the Watermelon Capital of Alabama gears up for al two-day celebration centered on summertime’s favorite sweet, juicy treat.  Held in Russellville, Ala., the Watermelon Festival offers arts and crafts, a variety of watermelon contests, car and truck show, tractor show, food vendors, children’s activities, games, and musical entertainment, along with free samples of watermelon. 

Contests centered on watermelons are a highlight each year and include watermelon seed spitting, the largest melon, best tasting melon, and most unusual and best-dressed melons.  Over 100 vehicles are expected for the Car and Truck Show, and additional activities held in conjunction with the Watermelon Festival consist of a 5K run and 1-mile fun run, Kiwanis 65- and 35-mile bike ride, WGOL’s Northwest Alabama Country Showdown, S.P.A.N. Kruzin’ for Kids Motorcycle Ride, a barbeque cook-off sponsored by Pilgrim’s Pride, character guests to entertain the children, a beauty pageant and the Extension Office contests.  

All activities take place along Main Street (Jackson Avenue). Hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.  

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Event Dates

8/21/2020 – 8/22/2020

Admission Fee (if any)

Free admission

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

Appropriate for all ages


Always hot but always good . We have many vendors , great entertainment and wonderful people that attend . Make your plans my friends to be a part of this event ...

Don R. Hall, 8/13/2019

Who will be singing this year? Kelly: A full lineup can be found at http://franklincountychamber.org/festivals-2/watermelon-festival .

Kelly, 8/14/2019

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Contact Information

Cassie Medley - Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
103 North Jackson Avenue
Russellville, AL 35653 US
Angie Pierce - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
256-350-3519 (Fax)
PO Box 2537
Decatur, AL 35602 US


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