Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Watermelon Capital of the WORLD!

 

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

Offering over thirty activities during the celebration of the fruit, which has made us so famous. We hold the festival to honor the farmers, growers, brokers, and buyers, which has a huge economic impact on 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 ’90s 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 crispest, 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 2022 Watermelon Days Festival will be held
June 20th-25th at
Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
(2459-A Highway 280 West).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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73rd ANNUAL WATERMELON DAYS PARADE

JUNE 25th, 2022 at 9:30 am

ENTRY FORM DUE June 17th 

The lineup will be at 8:30 a.m. at South Gate Shopping Center (corner of 6th Street & 15th Ave and travel East to Pecan St.).

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. All entries except “Government Agencies” (Sheriff, Police, Fire Dept., Etc.) must submit a fee of $20.00 with the application.

Theme: “Getting Sweeter with Time since 1949”

Download the parade application HERE

Schedule of Events

 

Note:
$5 Parking Fee for events at Ga. Vets State Park
$$ – Fee to attend or participate in the event

 

May 26th-June 11th
Glider Practice Days & Contests
@ Crisp County Airport
Sponsor: Cordele-Crisp Tourism
229-273-1668

June 4th 4:00 pm
$$ Watermelon Classic Races
@ Crisp Motorsports Park
229-938-8814

June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19
$$ Day Out With Thomas
@ Georgia Veterans Depot
Info Call: SAM Shortline
229-276-0755

June 8th 10:00 am
Downtown Taste of Melon
@ Cordele Main Street Office
229-276-2902

June 11th 8:00 am-10:00 am
Billy Williams Memorial Kiwanis Fishing Rodeo
@ Buford Pond on Kelly Road
Sponsor: Cordele Kiwanis Club
229-273-1668

June 14th 7:00 pm
$$ Kiwanis Club Annual Talent Showcase
@ Crisp Co. Middle School Auditorium
Sponsor: Cordele Kiwanis Club
229-273-1668

June 16th 6:30 pm
$$ This Is Your Life
Honoring: Mary Beal
@ Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
Sponsor: Chamber
229-273-1668

June 17th 10:00 am
$$ Crisp County 4-H Dog Show
@ Community Clubhouse
Sponsor: Crisp Co. 4-H
229-276-2612
$$ Pre-registration required by June 10th

June 17th 7:00 pm
Watermelon Gospel Sing
@ Grace Baptist Church 1997 Royal Road
GoodBread & Company & More
Sponsor: Arlene & Charles Holmes
229-322-6333

June 20th 10:00 am
WALB Noon Show (Filmed)
@ Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
Aired: June 23rd @ 12:30 pm
Sponsor: WALB, Tourism & Chamber
229-273-1668

June 20th-24th 11:00 am Daily
Reading With The Queens
@ Cordele Carnegie Library
229-276-1300

June 24th 7:30 am
Watermelon Walk
@ Perry G. Busbee Walking Track
Sponsor: Crisp Regional Health Services
229-276-3284

June 24th 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
$$ Hot Air Balloon -Tether Rides Only
Tethers will be booked on site
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
229-273-1668

June 24th, 25th & 26th 6:30 am
$$ Hot Air Balloon Flights
Sponsor: Cordele-Crisp Tourism
Call 229-322-2275 to make reservations
June 24th 8:00 pm
$$ Live Entertainment
@ Cypress Grill

June 25th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
$$ Watermelon Days Arts & Crafts
& Food Booths/Trucks
@ Georgia Vets State Park—Park Fee $5
Sponsor: Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
Linda Hawkins 229-401-1205

June 25, 2022 FREE Shuttle rides to Ga. Vets State Park from Southgate Shopping Center 9am-5pm compliments of RMS Transit of Cordele & Vienna

June 25th 9:30 am
$$ Watermelon Festival Parade
Route: 15th Avenue from 6th St.- Owens St.
Cordele-Crisp Chamber & Cordele Lions Club
Line Up 8:30 am @ Southgate Shopping Center
229-273-1668

June 25th 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Watermelon Days Car & Truck Display
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Cordele Cruisers Car Club
Gene Arnett 229-322-1621

June 25th 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Crisp County 4-H Watermelon Slice Giveaway
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Crisp County 4-H

June 25th 11:00 am
Jr. Watermelon Eating Contest
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Cordele Lions Club

June 25th 12 noon-5:00 pm
Watermelon Days Entertainment
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
Contact: Linda Hawkins
229-276-1004

June 25th 1:00 pm
Watermelon Chunking Contest
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Waste Management
229-271-8718

June 25th 3:00 pm
Watermelon Seed Spit Contest
@ Georgia Veterans State Park
Sponsor: Georgia Watermelon Association

June 25th 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
$$ Watermelon Express (1 hour long rides!)
@ Georgia Vets Depot
Sponsor: Historic SAM Shortline Excursion Train
229-276-0755

June 25th 4:00 pm
$$ Summer Shootout
Outlaw, Pure, Stock, Enduro, Mini Stock,
Legends, Bandoleros & Karts
@ Crisp Motor Sports Park
229-938-8814

June 25th 8:00 pm
$$ Entertainment: Julie Allen
@ Cypress Grill
229-276-1004

 

DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL WATERMELON DAYS FESTIVAL BROCHURE HERE

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!

Presenting Sponsors
Cordele-Crisp Tourism
Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

Platinum Sponsors
Captain D’s
Fairfield Inn
Flint Ag & Turf Division
Georgia Watermelon Association
Holiday Inn Express
Marvair, Inc.
Mike Browning-State Farm Insurance Agent
National Realty Company
Pepsi Bottling Company
Planters First Bank
PruittHealth Hospice & Palliative Care
South Georgia Banking Company
South Georgia TV
Sunbelt Ford of Cordele
Surcheros
WALB TV
Waste Management

Gold Sponsors
Ameris Bank
Colony Bank
Cordele Dispatch
Dairy Queen
Historic Sam Shortline Excursion Train
RMS Transit, Crisp & Dooly County
Silver Sponsors
Albany State University-Cordele Campus
Ellianos Coffee
Leger & Son, Inc.
Regions Bank
West Fraser
Bronze
Chick fil A
Cook Industrial Electric
Downtown Cordele
Lawson, Reid & Dean, LLC
Wells Hardware & Supply Company
Supporting:
City of Arabi
Blackshear Veterinary Hospital

 

*Events subject to change due to COVID restrictions. Call 229-273-1668 to verify.