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 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 2021 Watermelon Days Festival will be held June 19th, 2021 at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

(2459-A Highway 280 West)

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


For Vendor information or to mail your application for approval:
Linda Hawkins
(229) 276-1004

Arts & Craft Vendor application: https://visitcordele.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Watermelon-Festival-Arts-Crafts-Vendor-App.pdf

Food Vendor application: https://visitcordele.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Watermelon-Festival-Food-Vendor-Form-003.pdf