Watermelon festival, parade to be held Saturday

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All-day event is in downtown Chiefland

By Jim Clark

It's a big weekend if you like festivals and big crowds.

It's a big weekend if you like parades and celebrations.

And it's a really big weekend if you like watermelon.

The 54th annual Watermelon Festival will be held in downtown Chiefland this weekend. Large crowds are expected at the all-day event, which opens at 8 a.m. with the opening of arts and crafts shows. At 9 there will be free watermelon and entertainment by the Salt Water Cowboys.

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. After it concludes there will be the most solemn moment of the day, a D-Day remembrance at the flag by the Depot.

There will be the introduction of royalty and queen contestants at 11, followed by the watermelon auction at 11:30.

The Watermelon Olympics will start at noon.

The queen pageant will be held at Chiefland Elementary School at 6 p.m.

The square dance weekend is being held at Chiefland Middle School. There will be square and round dancing along with line dancing during both evening evenings beginning at 7 with workshops on Saturday afternoon from 1:30-4:30. Dancers and spectators are invited to attend for an evening or the weekend. The Friday night After Party will include “dangle” dances and a Seed Spitting Contest, while Saturday night will include skits by the dancers. More information on the square dance can be found at http://www.pergrossi.com/events.html or by calling 352-463-3829 and speaking with Charlie or Sarah.