Franklin County Watermelon Festival Set For August 19-20

By  | August 5, 2022 | Filed under: News

RUSSELLVILLE-Watermelons are the focus as Russellville celebrates the Annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival…Welcome to the Watermelon Capital of Alabama! All the fun on August 19 and 20. The festival is always held on the third weekend of August and brings in crowds as large as 50,000 people.

Enjoy this free family event in Downtown Russellville with festival food, vendors, car & truck show, 5k and one mile fun run, and kids area with rides and games. Each evening the main stage lights up with performances from a variety of genres. Enjoy a fresh, sweet slice of watermelon on Saturday morning in the park while you peruse watermelon contest entries in categories such as best dressed to most unusual.

Set your watch for noon on Saturday to witness the weighing of the largest watermelons around!

Download the 2022 Map here!


Friday, August 19 (5:45 PM – 10:00 PM)

5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony (FREE WATERMELON)
National Anthem – Cassandra James
6:00 PM – Cody Bowen
7:00 PM – Joseph Baldwin Band
8:30 PM – Velcro Pygmies

Saturday, August 20 (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM)

7:00 AM – Car & Truck Show
7:30 AM – Watermelon 5k and Fun Run
10:00 AM – Character Guests (until noon)
10:00 AM – Watermelon in the Park – Cutting & Contests (FREE WATERMELON)
11:00 AM – Judging & Entertainment for Contests
12:00 PM – Winners Announced for Contests
5:30 PM – FREE WATERMELON (beside Main Stage)
6:00 PM – Light Up the Night Car Show
6:00 PM – Tremayne
7:00 PM – REWIND of the Shoals
8:30 PM – Thompson Square


Pack your sunscreen and lawn chairs, we are waiting for you!

Media Release/Alabama Tourism and Franklin County

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