There was plenty of water melon for every one at the 56th annual Watermelon Festival in Chipley. But best of all, it was free! The Kiwanis Club sliced open and gave away free slices to try, a chance no one passed up on.
"This watermelon, is sweet, delicious, and well worth the drive for a summer treat." Beverly Lemieux brought her friends along from Panama City to sink her teeth into this tasty snack.
The watermelon is not only the food of choice, but it's also the icon for this event. "Oh yea, it's great we come every year." Gloria Martin says.
Kids and their families lined the streets of Chipley to see the girls and their royalty, the politicians and of course the melons. Each year the event hosts an auction to raise money for the upcoming festival.
This year, the biggest melon weighed in at 84 pounds and went to State Representative Marti Coley. With a wide variety of vendors and assorted entertainment, organizers of the event say the festival provides a boost to their local economy, by bringing in thousands of visitors.
Festival Chairman Colby Peel says last night's concert was also a great success. Close to 3,000 showed up to pals park to see country music star, Mark Chesnutt.