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June 20-28 Watermelon Festival cancelled

June 20-28 Watermelon Festival cancelled

June 20-28 Watermelon Festival cancelledJune 20-28 Watermelon Festival cancelledJune 20-28 Watermelon Festival cancelled

Due to current world affairs, our economy, safety, and uncertainty of future public actions, the 2020 festival is cancelled.

Festival History

History Highlights

  

Going back to the earliest celebrations, among the best attended attractions is always Friday night’s street dance in Hampton. But the crowning event of every Watermelon Festival, of course, is the Miss Coastal Empire pageant. Many a Palmetto State beauty has added to the scenery, including the late U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s wife, who came as Miss South Carolina (Nancy Moore of Aiken) in 1966, to the 24th Watermelon Festival.

In 1993...

the festival expanded to eight days, “Sunday to Sunday.” Opening ceremonies were coupled with a new event called “Festival Family Fun Day,” sponsored by the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce and held at Lake Warren State Park. The expansion made the Watermelon Festival the third longest festival in the state.
 

A new beauty is picked to be queen of the Coastal Empire every summer, while the same old King Watermelon reigns in glory! 

Excerpts from "The World’s Original Watermelon Festival" By Martha Bee Anderson

  

Hampton County is the home of the world’s original Watermelon Festival. Since 1939, the Hampton County Watermelon Festival has grown to become South Carolina’s oldest continuing festival. From the beginning, it has been a celebration of, for, and by the people of this friendly Lowcountry County, timed to the melon harvest every summer. The tradition was interrupted only twice, first during World War II (1943—45) and again during the Korean War (1951).

2019 Festival Parade

How Sweet It Is

2019 Melon Contest

GRAND CHAMPION

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

BEST CRIMSON SWEET

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Carter Parnell

 CRIMSON SWEET 47.6 lbs.

BEST CRIMSON SWEET

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

BEST CRIMSON SWEET

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Carter Parnell

 47.6 lbs.

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

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Jenny Parnell

 33.0 lbs. 

HEAVIEST MELON

BEST JUBILEE MELON

BEST CHARLESTON GRAY

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Morgan Parnell

 Jubilee 53.2 lbs. 

BEST JUBILEE MELON

BEST JUBILEE MELON

BEST JUBILEE MELON

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Jane Youmans

 46.2 lbs. 

BEST OTHER MELON

BEST JUBILEE MELON

BEST JUBILEE MELON

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Sara Beth Thomas

 Starbrite Variety 49.8 lbs.

2019 Business & Home Decoration Winners

Business 1st Place

Business 1st Place

Business 1st Place

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Tompkins Original

Business 2nd Place

Business 1st Place

Business 1st Place

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Veteran Owned Real Estate


Business 3rd Place

Business 1st Place

Business 3rd Place

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Dunamis Karate

Home 1st Place

Home 1st Place

Business 3rd Place

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  Joyce Horres 

Home 2nd Place

Home 1st Place

Home 2nd Place

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 Nancy Brenner 

Home 3rd Place

Home 1st Place

Home 2nd Place

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 Gordan Rhoden 

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