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Annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival

  • Location: : 103 N. Jackson Street, Russellville, AL 35653
  • Phone: (256) 332-1760

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    Plenty of sweet juicy fun is on tap the third weekend in August when summer’s favorite fruit takes center stage during the annual Watermelon Festival in Russellville, Ala. The Watermelon Festival offers arts and crafts, a variety of watermelon contests, car, truck, and tractor shows, food vendors, children’s activities, games, and musical entertainment, along with free samples of watermelon. Contests centered on watermelons, including watermelon seed spitting, the largest melon, best-tasting melon, most unusual and best-dressed melons, are a highlight each year entertaining festivalgoers of all ages. Over 100 vehicles are expected for the car and truck show on Friday night and Saturday morning, and additional activities include a 5K run and 1-mile fun run, character guests to entertain the children, and the Franklin County Extension Office contests. The event was voted Best Adults and Children’s Events in the Tennessee Valley in a reader’s choice poll conducted by the Franklin County Times earlier this year. All activities take place along Main Street (Jackson Avenue). Hours are 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more details, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce website at and click on the Watermelon Festival link or call 256.332.1760. For the latest information, like the Franklin County Watermelon Festival page on Facebook. Admission is free. Always the third weekend in August.    
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