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Franklin County Watermelon Festival

Festival Event, Live Music

The Franklin County Watermelon Festival is held in Russellville, Alabama annually, the third weekend in August.

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Ages Festival is Appropriate For

Appropriate for all ages

Each year in August, the Watermelon Capital of Alabama gears up for a two-day celebration centered on summertime’s favorite sweet, juicy treat. Held in Russellville, Alabama, the Watermelon Festival offers arts and crafts, a variety of watermelon contests, car and truck show, tractor show, food vendors, children’s activities, games, and musical entertainment, along with free samples of watermelon.

Contests centered on watermelons are a highlight each year and include watermelon seed spitting, the largest weighing melon, best tasting melon, most unusual, and best-dressed melons. Over 100 vehicles are expected for the Car and Truck Show, and additional activities held in conjunction with the Watermelon Festival consist of a 5K run and 1-mile fun run, character guests to entertain the children, and a beauty pageant.

All activities take place along Main Street (Jackson Avenue). Hours are 6 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.


Free admission