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 in  June 13th-18th at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park (2459-A Highway 280 West).