Shelby County What-A-Melon Festival July 12-14 (Entry forms included)

Entry forms due June 15

Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 29th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 12th, 13th, and 14th!


Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with sixteen of the twenty-six watermelon entries weighing over 100 pounds according to Mayor David Chadwick who was the official weigh-in judge! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 142.5 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.


Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival for 2018 and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 12th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.


Entry deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.



The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.