Panama City Beach – 56th Annual Watermelon Festival Underway

Panama City Beach – are you visiting the Best Panama City Beach Condo Rentals at Celadon Beach Resort http://www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com  .  You might consoder a side trip to Chipley and the 56th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival with two free concerts at Pals Park in Chipley.

Chad Street takes the stage at 6 p.m. today followed by Nashville recording artist Mark Chesnutt at 8 p.m.

Friday night contests for kids will include watermelon eating, seed spitting, and melon rolling, sponsored by the Northwest Florida Community Hospital and a “Lost Parent’s Booth” will be provided by the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida.

The festival continues Saturday with the Panhandle Shrine Club Pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast are $4 at the door.

The 5,000 Meter Run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Washington-Holmes Technical Center. Contact Stan Owens at 547-2422 to participate.

At 11:15 a.m. the Watermelon Queen recognition will be held at the Ag Center.

The antique car show will be ongoing all day at the Washington-Holmes Technical Center and there will be arts & crafts and speciality boots set up all day Saturday.

The Big Watermelon Contest and Auction begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Ag Center, and participants can enter melons Thursday-Friday until 1 p.m. See Andy Andreasen.

The Watermelon Festival parade will be at 10 a.m. in downtown Chipley.

Following the parade head over to the Washington County Agricultural Center on Highway 90 for performances by Big Bend Bluegrass at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and Marty Rabon performs at 2 p.m.

This is a free event, funded in part by the Washington County Tourist Development Council. For more information call 850-638-6180.

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