Watermelon Days Festival

Upcoming Events

Thank you to our Website Sponsor!

Welcome to the Watermelon Capital of the WORLD!

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

The Watermelon Days Festival offers over thirty activities, with something for everyone, during the celebration of our favorite fruit, which has made us so famous. We hold the festival to honor the farmers, growers, brokers, and buyers because our watermelon industry is a tremendous economic engine for our community.

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

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


The 2023 Festival will be on June 24, 2023


Vendor Applications


Watermelon Festival Arts Crafts Vendor App 2023


Watermelon Festival Food Vendor Form 2023


For more information please call 229-276-1004


LOCATION: 2459-H Us Hwy 280 W / Cordele GA 31015

SPACE SIZE: 10′ x 10′ – Be sure to indicate if you are reserving more than one space.

Set up begins at 7:00 a.m.
Tables, chairs, or canopies will NOT be provided, so please remember to bring your own.

Make checks payable to Lake Blackshear Resort.

Please enter your phone number on checks and money orders.

Send application, along with check or money order, to: Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H US Hwy 280 W, Cordele GA 31015.

For directions, go to www.lakeblackshearresort.com.

Watermelon Capital Queen Pageant

May 20, 2023

6:00 pm

Crisp County Middle School Auditorium

1116 E 24th Ave Cordele, Ga 31015


Watermelon Capital Queen Pageant Application

Watermelon Festival Parade

June 24th





Schedule of Events

May 20th

Watermelon Capital Queen Pageant

June 3rd

Billy Williams Memorial Kiwanis Fishing Rodeo


June 3-13th

National Glider Competition


June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18

Day Out With Thomas


June 10th

Watermelon Classic Races 


June 12th

WALB Noon Show


June 15th

This Is Your Life


June 16th

Crisp County 4-H Dog Show


June 20th-23rd

Reading With The Queens 


June 20th

Kiwanis Club Annual Talent Showcase


June 23rd

Watermelon Walk


June 23rd

Live Entertainment


June 24th

Watermelon Festival Parade


June 24th

Watermelon Days Car & Truck Display


June 24th

Crisp County 4-H Watermelon Slice Giveaway


June 24th

Jr. Watermelon Eating Contest


June 24th

Watermelon Days Entertainment


June 24th

Watermelon Chunking Contest


June 24th

Watermelon Seed Spit Contest


June 24th

Watermelon Express (1 hour long rides!)


June 24th



July 3rd

Fireworks on the Flint