42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival

42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival

HOPE, AR (KSLA) - One of the biggest festivals in Southwest Arkansas will celebrate one of the biggest summer fruits this weekend.

The 42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival kicked out on Thursday, August 9 and will be going on through Saturday, August 11 at Fair Park in Hope, Arkansas.

Below is a full list of all the events happening Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

Friday, August 10
3:00 – 4:00 – BancorpSouth Stage Entertainment – Dancetastics
4:00 – 6:00 – Business/Industry Watermelon Olympics (gather behind BancorpSouth Stage)
4:30 – 7:00 – Lions Club Fish Fry
6:00 – Gates open to Legion Field for Headliner Concert
6:05 – Watermelon Idol Finalist , 7:30 – Buddy Jewell, 8:25 – Winner Watermelon Idol, 8:30 – Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee

Saturday, August 11

7:30 – 5K Run/ Walk followed by Melon Mile for kiddos Don Still, Chairman
8:00 – 2:00 – Civitan Antique & Classic Car Show (behind BancorpSouth Stage)
9:00 – Rusty Wheels Antique Engine Show (opens)
9:00 – Vendors & Exhibitors OPEN including SATURDAY ONLY in coliseum!
9:00 – 3:00 – CMA Motorcycle Show (Front gate to the right)
9:00- 11:00 – Fishing Derby (Huckabee Lake) Robin Lee, Chairman
9:00 – Kidz Zone Opens (70′ long Inflatable Obstacle course! Camel & Pony rides! Train Rides! Bubble College! Chalk Art! Face Painting! Balloon Art! Much, much more…)
9:30 – Money in the Haystack (near big tent)  Heather Doucet State Farm Sponsor & Chair
9:30 – Noon – Run! Jump! Throw! (for kiddos/ Legion Field)
10:00 – Watermelon by the Slice Opens (BIG tent)
10:00 – Headstart F.A.C.T. – Reading Tent for Kiddos
10:30 – Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest (BancorpSouth Stage) Followed by the Watermelon Weigh-off & Auction in the BIG Tent – UAHT Sponsor
10:30 – 11:30 – Nighthawk – on Hope Auto/Farmers Bank Stage)
11:30 – 1st of 3 Southern BMX Stunt Show (on basketball court)
2 additional shows- 1:30 & 3:45 (basketball court)
Noon – Watermelon Eating Contest (BancorpSouth Stage) – UAHT Sponsor
1:00 – Taekwondo Demonstration – (BancorpSouth Stage)
1:00 – 3:30 – Seed Spitting (Hope Auto/Farmers Bank) Dave Phillips, Chair
1:30 – HHS Band – BancorpSouth Stage
2:00 – 4:00 – Baggo Tournament (Legion Field) Summer Powell, Chair
2:00 – 3:00 – Watermelon Waddle Rubber Duck Races – Pool
3:00 – Swimming Exhibition (Pool)
3:00 – HHS Robotics Team Demo – BancorpSouth Stage
3:30 – 4:00 – Carl Jackson – BancorpSouth Stage
4:30 – 6:30 – Global 1 Pro Wrestling – Rodeo Arena (Armbands will be provided, so everyone may come/go for food & drink.) Paradise Quickstop #5 & Michael Dampier, Ohio Club, Sponsors
4:00 – 6:45 – GospelFest – BancorpSouth Stage – Caney Creek Estates Mobile Home Park, Kindred at Home & Herndon-Fuqua, Sponsors

Don Still – 4:15 – 4:45, Brady Rhodes – 4:45 – 5:15, Arnetta Bradford – 5:15 – 5:50, Measure of Grace – 5:50 -6:50

Governer Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to appear at the watermelon eating contest.

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