Melon Events Calendar

Saturday, June 20th

Saturday, June 20th

Saturday, June 20th

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Movie Night
"The Sand Lot" 

Lake   Warren State Park

Beginning at dusk


Pre-movie Wiffle Ball - (details to come)


Free Admission
Free popcorn and   drinks provided 

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Crafts Contest
   Entries will be on exhibit from 

Tuesday, June 23rd - Thursday, June 25th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

at the Clemson Extension Office

 located at 12 Walnut Street E.

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Performance by:

Black Bottom Biscuits

Location:  

Open Arms Fellowship

402 Hoover St N

Hampton, SC

Time: 7:30pm  

Admission: $10

Sponsored by: HCWF & 

Brunson's Lions Club


Monday June 22nd

Saturday, June 20th

Saturday, June 20th

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   Youth Parade

Line-up   @ 6:45 pm
  Parade @ 7:00 pm
  Judging along parade route

(See description below)


Line-up at 1st
Baptist Church Varnville

Free Admission

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Crafts Contest 

Judging, June 22nd after 2 pm

 at the Clemson Extension Office 

located at 12 Walnut Street E.

Free Admission

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Youth Dance w/DJ and   other kiddie activities

       7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Varnville Gazebo

Free   Admission 

Tuesday, June 23rd

Saturday, June 20th

Wednesday, June 24th

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Children's Day in the Park 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

   Walking Trail at
  Lightsey Park 

(see description below)


Free Admission 

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 Arts   & Crafts Contest Display 

 June 23rd - June 25th from 9 am - 5 pm;   Clemson Extension Office

 located at 12 Walnut Street E.

Free Admission

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Taste of Hampton County

7:00   pm

Wade Hampton High School

Children 6 and below Free
  Age 7 and up $5.

Wednesday, June 24th

Wednesday, June 24th

Wednesday, June 24th

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   Arts  & Crafts Contest Display

Entries will be on exhibit from 

Tuesday, June 23rd - Thursday, June 25th  

 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

 Clemson Extension Office 

located at 12 Walnut Street E.

Free   Admission

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Fishing Contest 

6 am - 2 pm

Shelter #2 Lake Warren state park

Must be present to win door prizes

$5 entry fee

All fish must be brought 

for weigh in by 2pm

(see description below)

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Pet   Show

5:30   pm - 7:00 pm

HC   Rec Dept., Varnville


Free   Admission

Thursday, June 25th

Wednesday, June 24th

Thursday, June 25th

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     Battle of the Towns

7:00   p.m.

Wade Hampton High School Football Field

Admission $4.00

(see description below) 

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Hampton County Museum

Open 2 pm - 5 pm

View Indian Artifacts

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Arts   & Crafts Contest Display

Owners pick up their entry:

Thursday, June 25th from 4 pm to 5 pm

from the Clemson Extension Office

 located at 12 Walnut Street E.

Free  Admission

Friday, June 26th

Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, June 27th

Friday, June 21st

    Arts   and Crafts & Food Vendors

All   Day

Court House Grounds

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Camper Registration

Call  803-943-8059

Polk's   Muffler

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Free Melon Slices

1:00   pm - 2:00 pm

Courthouse   Square Fountain
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Crafts Contest

Owners pick up their entry:

Friday, June26th  9 am to 4 pm

from the Clemson Ext. office

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Reigning and Former Queens,

Town Queens and Invited Guests.

 Hazel Resident

 424 N Railroad Avenue

 Brunson, SC

5:00  PM- 7:00  PM

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Orangeburg Line Dancers

7:30   PM - 9:00 PM

Lee   Avenue
  Hampton

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 Street Dance
 9:00 PM - 12:00   AM
Lee Avenue, Hampton

 

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Hampton County Museum

Open 2 pm - 5 pm

View Indian Artifacts


Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, June 27th

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Arts   & Crafts & Food Vendors

All   Day

Courthouse   Grounds

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Parade Lineup

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM 

Pine St., Varnville

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Melon Judging

9:00 AM

Hampton   Gazebo

Free   Admission

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Parade

10:00   AM Hwy   # 278

Varnville to Hampton

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Free Melon Slices 

 12:00 - 2:00 pm

 Courthouse Square

Free   Admission

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Dignitaries' Luncheon @ 1:00 PM 

  Hampton 1st Baptist Church

By Invitation Only 

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Live Entertainment FORTRESS &

VFBC Praise Band @ 6 pm

Varnville 1st Baptist

Church Life Center Free Admission

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Festival 5K

Saturday June 27th, at 8:00 AM.  

Registration is $25 (prior to race day), and $30 on race day.  Registration will be at the HC Gazebo across from the HC Courthouse. Packets can be picked up on race day only beginning at 6:30 am and lasting until 7:30 am.  Race start and finish is on Elm Street directly across from the courthouse.  Awards will take place in Nell Lightsey Park Gazebo after the race.  

Sunday, June 28th

Saturday, June 27th

Sunday, June 28th

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   No Festival Mud Run this year.

(our apology, see you next year)
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Attend the church of your choice

Sunday, June 28th

 

 

Event Descriptions

Parade

Opening Ceremony

Street Dance

Our parade is known as the longest in the state of South Carolina. 3.2 miles, beginning in the Town of Varnville ending in the Town of Hampton. We can knock on wood because since our festival's inception in 1939, the Watermelon Festival has never been rained out. That's pretty amazing for 76 years.   

Queens, floats, state and local dignitaries are just a few of our festival's highlights. We also display bands like the Marine band, local homemade floats and decorated vehicles and horses. Remember, our parade is always during the summer so make sure you find some shade (unless you're looking to get a tan). Bring plenty of water to drink or keep an eye out for water being handed out and/or surprise mists of water during the parade. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

Street Dance

Opening Ceremony

Street Dance

Our Festival Street Dance is the 2nd largest event of the Festival each year (the Parade being the largest in attendance). Lee Ave., in Downtown Hampton, is designated to the street dance on the Friday before the parade and the night is filled with music and old fashioned family fun! See old friends and make new friends. Who knows, many girls and guys may meet their future husband or wife on our special night.   On the courthouse end of the street you'll find one genre of live band entertainment, carefully and thoughtfully selected by the festival committee...on the other end of the street you'll find and entirely different genre of music to cater to the differences of many.   

As always, the Street Dance will feature a two great bands.  One of the best things about the Street Dance is that it's FREE and there's plenty of food just across the street near the Courthouse Square if you get hungry. Pick up some great crafts and souvenirs while you're there. 

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

 Presentation of the committee chair and co-chair  


Presentation of the grand marshall, speaker, and Melon Belles and Beaus  


Palmetto State Bank will be sponsor hot dogs and drinks  


Free watermelon slices will be served; and the watermelon eating contest.

Taste of Hampton

Battle of the Towns

Opening Ceremony

 Parents save yourselves a night of cookin' and head over to the "Taste of Hampton County". Cooks from all over the county share their homemade recipes with anyone and everyone that attends. One of the most beloved events at each year's Festival, the "Taste" is held at the Wade Hampton High School cafeteria and is a cost-friendly $5 for ages 7 and up and free for kids 6 and under. Salads, entrees, breads, veggies, deserts are all on the menu and you get a taste of anything you like, at least until it runs out. Don't miss a great night of fantastic food and fellowship. 

Fishing Contest

Battle of the Towns

Battle of the Towns

The Festival Fishing Contest is one of the Watermelon Festival's oldest events with all-day fishing out at Lake Warren State Park for ages young and old. There are lots of free giveaways and trophies for several species of fish. If you have a boat, bring it. If you don't have a boat, then take advantage of the dam, spillway, gazebo or pier. Don't forget your bait and you may want to bring some sunscreen and bug repellant along with something to drink, but remember no alcohol! Registration for the contest is inside the Lake Warren State Park gate at Picnic Shelter #1 and starts at sunrise. Bring the whole family and catch a mess of fish. Who knows maybe you'll win a prize while you're there! 

Battle of the Towns

Battle of the Towns

Battle of the Towns

 The Battle of the Towns has been around for 39 years with teams from several of the towns and communities of Hampton County competing for bragging rights as well as the Hampton County shaped trophy that the winning team keeps for a year. Each team participates in what may be some of the wackiest races and competitions that you will ever see. The Festival Committee sponsors the event on the Wade Hampton Football Field and always manages to come up with the craziest, most off-the-wall ideas imaginable. The event is family-friendly and even includes a "baby crawl" competition to determine who the fastest youngin' on all fours is. Concessions are always available at this event. Bring the whole family out for a night of excitement and silliness. .

Youth Parade

Children's Day

Children's Day

Yes, the kids in Hampton County have their own parade, too! Each year the Festival Youth Parade draws a huge crowd to the town of Varnville and features the amazing ingenuity that these kids are  known for when it comes to decorating for this event. Baby carriages, strollers, wagons and golf carts are all decked out in the year's Festival theme with the parade beginning at the Varnville Baptist Church and ending at the Varnville Gazebo. Following the parade, trophies are awarded for each classification and then it's free watermelon slice time! 

Children's Day

Children's Day

Children's Day

 "Children's Day in the Park" is two hours of fun-filled entertainment specifically designed for the younger youngsters. There's everything from face painting, sidewalk chalk, contests, games of chance and even a water slide and bounce house. While you and the kids are there you can enjoy entertainment performed by local talents in the field of dance and music. It's lots of fun and a great opportunity for the kids to get out and enjoy being part of the Watermelon Festival. Make sure your babies wear sunscreen and get plenty of fluids because it's probably going to be hot. 

Thanks to Special friends - 78th Annual Watermelon Festival

Palmetto State Bank

Farm Bureau

Clemson Extension

Cummings Oil Co.

Wade Hampton High School

Jimmy Butler Auto Sales

Hampton Chamber of Commerce

Rotary Club

Polk's Muffler

SCE&G / Dominion Energy

Palmetto Electric

Town of Hampton

Town of Varnville

Hampton County Council

S.C. Highway Patrol

Hampton Police Dept. and other local police

Hampton County National Guard

Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts of America

Food Lion

Girl Scouts of America

Hampton County Economic Development

KFC / Taco Bell

Hampton County Fire / Rescue

Hampton County EMS

Shriners of South Carolina

Lake Warren State Park

Hampton Regional Medical Center

Hampton County Garden Clubs

The Hampton County Guardian

Lowcountry Life

WBHC 92.1 FM Talk 12.70 Am

WDOG Radio 93.5 FM

Nix Florist

Open Arms Fellowship

Brunson Lions Club

Coastal Air Technology

Our Community

Our Executive & Committee Members

Hampton United Methodist Church

Hampton First Baptist Church

Our Advertisers

Our Queens

Our Visitors