N.C. Watermelon Festival

N.C. Watermelon Festival

Spreading the seeds of friendship everywhere we go...

Schedule of Events

Festival Day is scheduled for July 23, 2016.

Other events related to the festival will be held JULY 22 & JULY 24.

 Schedule OF events:

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. E-mail ncwatermelonfestival@gmail.com
for a printable schedule of events or call (910)234-0756 for more information.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.                               Watermelon Day

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!                       

Columbus County Community

Farmers Market – Whiteville, NC

Come meet the queens and

enjoy fun and free watermelon!

N.C. Watermelon Festival T-Shirts will be available at B.H. Small Co. and Elvington Drug -Children and Adult Sizes are available. 

$12 for adults
$10 for youth

Colors available this year: blue, white, pink and yellow

Friday, July 22, 2016

Southern Watermelon Delight and Dance

6:30 p.m.

Horne Bay Farms

225 Frank Horne Drive

Fair Bluff, NC 28439

$10 admission for adults

$5 admission for children under 12

Food purchased from Restaurant on Wheels (Lumber River Outfitters)


Saturday, July 23, 2016

7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.               Entries for Best Tastin’ Watermelons                         

 --- Riverside Drive / Downtown Fair Bluff

Call 910-207-1698 to pre-register.


8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.               Arts and Crafts Booths

Food Sold All Day by Fair Bluff Watermelon Growers

Association, Inc. and local organizations

Entertainment – Rev. Neill Smith

ALL DAY                        


8:00 a.m.                                Registration for Festival Queens


Fair Bluff Depot Museum

339 Railroad Street – Fair Bluff, N.C. -- Sponsored by: Fair Bluff Historical Society


10:00 a.m.   Best Tastin’ Watermelon of the Carolinas Contest

Watermelon Slices Available All Day! Riverside Drive, Fair Bluff, NC                                                               

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11 a.m.  N.C. Watermelon Festival Parade --Sponsored by: Fair Bluff Fire Dept.

Route: Starts at Columbus Career and College Academy and ends back at the Academy 

(LINE UP by 10:00 a.m. at Columber Career & College Academy)

12:15 p.m. Dignitaries and Judges Luncheon (Invitation Only)

12:45 p.m. - Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest - Open to the public

1:00 p.m.    NC Watermelon Festival Public Watermelon Auction AND Largest Watermelon Contest-- Riverside Drive – Fair Bluff, NC


3:00 p.m. Duck Race (near boat landing) -$10 per ticket - Call 910-649-6121 or 910-649-7531 

Sponsored by Fair Bluff Rotary

6:30 p.m. - N.C. Watermelon Festival Teen Miss and Queen Scholarship Pre-show & Pageant 

West Columbus High School Auditorium

Highway 76 – 6 miles east of Fair Bluff

Admission $10.00


Sunday, July 24, 2016

3:00 p.m.--Little Queens Watermelon Pageant

West Columbus High School Auditorium – Hwy. 76 –

Cerro Gordo, NC

Admission - $8


July 22-24, 2016