Features http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/features/todaysfeatures en Tour de Melon rolls to new record http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/tour-de-melon-rolls-new-record <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2677.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Cyclists came from all over the state and beyond to participate in the Tour de Melon, making it a record year for the event with 177 riders. Just over 200 registered for the event, but coordinators believe the threat of rain kept some away.</p> <p> The watermelon themed cycling event features family friendly trail rides at 20, 40 and 60 miles long and hard core road routes at 50 and 100 miles. Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, the event is held annually on the first Saturday in June &ndash; this year on June 4 &ndash; in conjunction with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.</p> Critter Crusaders adoption at Farmers Market Saturday http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/critter-crusaders-adoption-farmers-market-saturday <p> Critter Crusaders is hosting a Pet Adoption Event on Saturday, June 25 at the City Of Chiefland/Chamber Of Commerce Farmer&#39;s Market on at Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park.<br /> We shall have dogs and puppies.&nbsp; The little critters are in desperate need of homes. If anyone is willing to foster, we would welcome the help.&nbsp;&nbsp; 352-348-1615/352-321-7584.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Auditions for' Lion in Winter' start Saturday http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/auditions-lion-winter-start-saturday <p> Auditions for &ldquo;The Lion in Winter&rdquo; a production of the Suwannee Valley Players at The Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland, are on Saturday June 25, and Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m.</p> <p> Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons &ndash; &ldquo;The Lion in Winter,&rdquo; by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action &ndash; the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.</p> Bronson to celebrate Fourth http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/bronson-celebrate-fourth <p> The Town of Bronson will hold its Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, beginning at 4 p.m. for an Independence Day celebration.</p> <p> Vendors will be on hand selling delicious treats. Visitors can participate in a Home Run Derby and various children&rsquo;s games while we wait for the sky to darken. Bronson Fire &amp; Rescue, Station 70, will begin lighting the sky with fireworks at dark. So bring your chairs and blankets to the James H. Cobb Park and join us for this fun, family event.</p> Yankeetown mayor honored by AARP http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/yankeetown-mayor-honored-aarp <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_396.jpg" alt="Weiss" title="Weiss" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> AARP has recognized Debra Weiss for 50+ hours of volunteer work. Community involvement is an important part of AARP&#39;s Mission. AARP Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognizes Weiss for 50+ volunteer hours through the ACES community service program.&nbsp;</p> Community Calendar for the week of June 23 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/community-calendar-week-june-23 <p> Today, June 23</p> <p> Planning Council meets tonight</p> <p> The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council meets on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. (dinner at 7:00 p.m.) at the Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites, 213 N.W. Commerce Blvd., Lake City.&nbsp;</p> <p> The guest speaker will be Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p> The agenda for the meeting is at ncfrpc.org/</p> <p> councilPackets/2016/</p> Tour de Melon bicycle race brings attention to festival http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/tour-de-melon-bicycle-race-brings-attention-festival <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2217.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Suwannee Valley Rotary club members, pictured at right at their lunch time meeting last week, are gearing up to host the fifth annual Tour de Melon &ndash; watermelon themed bike ride &ndash; to be held on June 4 this year beginning at Strickland Park in Chiefland. Proceeds from the event go toward various community outreach programs throughout the year.</p> <p> Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30.</p> Welcome to our area's busiest time of year http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/welcome-our-areas-busiest-time-year <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0235.jpg" alt="2016 Little King Joshua Ruth adjusts his crown as 2015 Teen Queen Caleigh Robinson waits with his sash and trophy. The 2016 Watermelon Festival Queen will be crowned on Saturday." title="2016 Little King Joshua Ruth adjusts his crown as 2015 Teen Queen Caleigh Robinson waits with his sash and trophy. The 2016 Watermelon Festival Queen will be crowned on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. Activites are centered around the city&#39;s Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19/South Main Street.</p>