CENTER, TX (KSLA) - One of the most popular summertime fruits will be celebrated Thursday through Saturday in Center, TX.
The East Texas What-A-Melon Festival, sponsored by the Center Rotary Club, is one of the largest festivals in the area celebrating one of the largest pieces of fruit - the watermelon.
The fun will begin with the official watermelon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Right after the opening ceremony, the largest watermelon weigh-in will begin. The top three watermelons will be on display throughout the festival.
On Thursday and Friday, rides and vendors will be open from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, rides and vendors will be open from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
Admission buttons cost $5 each and are good for all three days.
Ride arm bands cost $20 each day. And parking is free.
On Friday, there will be pet show at 6 p.m. and Reed Barton will perform under the big tent at 8:30 p.m.
The fun Saturday will begin with a fun run/walk.
There also will be a watermelon seed-spitting and speed-eating contests between 3 and 4 p.m.
Between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., there will be a What-Melon Pageant.
Then Zach Mason & The Jars will perform under the big tent at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, a stray shower or storm can't be ruled out for the watermelon-cutting ceremony. However, rain is unlikely.
Temperatures will be just above 90 degrees for the start of the festival.
Temperatures will slowly drop through the 80s Thursday evening.
The forecast for Friday afternoon and evening will be very similar to Thursday.
It should be partly to mostly cloudy and dry for the fun run/walk.
Temperatures on Saturday morning will be in the mid-70s to near 90 degrees.
The afternoon will be hot and steamy. Highs will be just above 90 degrees. However, feels-like temperatures will be just above 100 degrees.
A stray shower or storm will be possible in the afternoon, but rain is unlikely.
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