Watermelon Days Festival

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Watermelon Capital of the WORLD!

The Watermelon Days Festival, the oldest festival in the state of Georgia is held annually in June and includes events for the whole family!

The Watermelon Days Festival is the oldest festival in the state of Georgia and offers over thirty activities during the month long celebration of the fruit, which has made us so famous. We hold the festival to honor the farmer’s, growers, brokers and buyers, which has a huge economic impact to Cordele-Crisp County. This is a family and friends festival with something for everyone!

Our title “Watermelon Capital of the World” was challenged in the early 90’s by Hope, Arkansas and Hempstead, Texas. The competition was tough, but Cordele-Crisp County proved that we truly have the best melons anywhere and proudly retained our title. Our melons were judged as the crispiest, juiciest and sweetest. This is due to the hot, dry nights and the type of soil in our county. Over 200 million pounds of melons are grown and shipped from our community each year. The watermelon festival and watermelon industry are a tremendous economic engine for our community.

We hope you will come and check out our sweet slice of life!

The 2020 Watermelon Days Festival is cancelled due to COVID-19. For more information, please read the Press Release from Chamber President, Monica Simmons.