Monticello Watermelon Festival
Monticello, Florida
3rd weekend in June
Founded in 1951
Watermelons have played an important part in the development of Monticello since the early 1890's. The annual Watermelon Festival commemorates that history, and gives the whole town - and lots of visitors - a chance to join together for a parade, street dance, and of course sampling the local melons.

Although advertised as being the third weekend in June each year, the Festival actually begins with a number of events in the week prior to the main event. A kid's pageant and kick-off dinner begins the festivities, along with bed races through the streets of Monticello. A rodeo is also held in the days leading up the Festival weekend.

Roads are blocked off for a street dance on Friday night with live music. Arts and crafts vendors are on hand in the "Vendor Village" with their wares, and the local Rotary Club puts on a big barbecue dinner. Saturday is kicked off with breakfast at the event, followed by the Watermelon Festival Parade. You can also enjoy a classic car show, various on-stage shows and demonstrations, and an art show. A children's theater performance.is given in the historic Monticello Opera House.
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