What-A-Melon Festival: Today is deadline for pageant, t-shirts are in

WAM 5k & Fun Run registration open

The 2019 What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase at Shelby Savings Bank main branch, Farmers State Bank main branch and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office.

All shirts are $15 each.

The What-A-Melon Festival starts Thursday, July 11th with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. and the Largest Watermelon contest weighing in at 5:30 p.m. The festival runs through Saturday, July 13th.

Hollie Adams, president of the Rotary Club of Center, said the winner of the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival logo contest was Edwin Morin, a 2019 graduate of Center High School.

It's his design for the 30th Annual East Texas What-a-Melon Festival which incorporated the Rotary wheel in the design and is now displayed on all the festival t-shirts, she said.


Festival Pageant

Don't miss out on the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival Pageant! Boys ages 0-5 and girls ages 0-19 will wear their favorite summer or watermelon attire on the stage under the big tent Saturday, July 13th during the festival on the downtown square in Center.

Wiggins Watermelons will be giving two cash scholarships for $250 each to the highest scores in 0-5 and 6-19 year age groups.

Age divisions are: Baby 0-11 months; Toddler 12-23 months; Tiny 2-3 years; Little 4-5 years; Petite 6-8 years; Pre-teen 9-12 years; Teen 13-15 years; Miss 16-19 years; and Mister boys 0-5 years.

The deadline for entry is Friday, July 5. The deadline will not be extended.

The pageant is Saturday, July 13th with registration at 5 p.m. and showtime at 5:30 p.m. The pageant will be held under the big tent on the downtown square during the What-A-Melon Festival.

All contestants will receive a rhinestone crown. This is a natural beauty pageant, so only age appropriate makeup.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office or the Center Light and Champion office. For more information, email Denetra Slaughter at denetra329@gmail.com or call 936-591-9334.

Forms and entry fees can be mailed to P.O. Box 64, Center, Texas 75935 or dropped off at Shelby County Today office, 202 Field Street, Center, Texas 75935.


WAM 5K & Fun Run

The Rotary Club of Center will be hosting its 8th annual What-A-Melon 5K and Fun Run, Saturday, July 13 beginning at 7 a.m. on the downtown square.

Each year Rotary has chosen a local non-profit organization in which to donate proceeds of this event.

In years past, we have donated to wonderful organizations such as the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Center Softball Association, Scouting, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (twice), and Shelby County Cancer Fund.

This year Rotary is donating to the Shelby County Historical Society which runs the Shelby County Museum and manages the beloved website http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.net which includes the Shelby County Graduates pages

The Fun Run and 5K returns to its original route this year starting on the downtown square. The fun run will begin at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Both events are for people of all ages.

Participants can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 125 participants.

Race registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Center/whatameloncrawl or individual sign up forms can be picked up at Farmers State Bank or Shelby Savings Bank main branches.

Rotary encourages everyone to come out and participate in this fun family event.


The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935