Cordele Georgia - Watermelon Capital!


Watermelon Days Festival
Cordele, Georgia

June-July

Come to the Watermelon Capital of the World!

Cordele Georgia is the Watermelon Capital of the World because they grow the largest luscious watermelons. The Watermelon Days Festival celebrates the watermelon harvest and summer in the South. Festival activities include the annual Watermelon Days Parade, Watermelon Dance, the Watermelon Eating Contest, the Watermelon Chunking Contest, the Sweet Melon & Adult Seed Spitting Contest, Watermelon Gospel Sing and much more. A recent addition is a Watermelon Days special run of the Sam Shortline train excursion.

The events listed below are Cordele Georgia events associated with the annual Watermelon Days celebration. The events are listed by venue. Click Calendar View for a chronological view of festival events. For further information on the celebration, including venue and or event changes, contact the Cordele-Crisp County Chamber of Commerce at 229-273-1668.

Festival Highlights Calendar View Cordele Map

Watermelon Days Ribbon Cutting, June 10, 2021, 10:00 AM, Cordele Farmers Market Front Gate, Speaker: Ag Commissioner Gary Black, Info: 229-273-1668..........Kwanis Fishing Rodeo, June 12, 2021, 8-10 AM, Buford Pond on Kelly Road..........Virtual Reading with The Queens, June 14-19, 2021, 11 AM, Facebook Live, Info: Cordele Carnegie Library, 229-276-1300..........Downtown Taste of Melon, June 15, 2021, 10:00 AM, Cordele Main Street Office, Info: 229-276-2902...........Watermelon Gospel Sing, June 18, 2021, 7 PM, Grace Baptist Church, 1997 Royal Road, Info: 229-322-6333..........Accoustic on the Patio @ Cypress Grill, June 18, 2021, 8 PM, Info: 229-276-1004..........Watermelon Festival Parade, June 19, 2019, 9:30 AM, Route: 15th Avenue from 6th Street to Owens Street, Info: 229-273-1668..........Accoustic on the Patio @ Cypress Grill, June 19, 2021, 8 PM, Info: 229-276-1004..........

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Food Trucks, Cypress Grill, Cordelias, June 18, 2021, 6 PM..........Watermelon Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 18-20, 2021, No tethers or rides due to COVID-19, Includes a FEE and a parking fee, Info: Ben Drennan at 229-322-2275..........Watermelon Days Arts & Crafts & Food Booths/Trucks, June 19, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Includes a parking fee, Info: Linda Hawkins @ 229-401-1205..........Watermelon Days Car & Truck Display, June 19, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Info: Gene Arnett at 229-322-1621..........Watermelon Days Entertainment, June 19, 2021, Noon - 5:00 PM, Info: 229-401-1205..........Watermelon Chunking Contest, June 19, 2021, 1:00 PM, Info: 229-271-8718....................Fireworks on the Flint, July 4, 2021, 9:30 PM, Includes a FEE, Parking-$5.00, Info: 229-273-1668......

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

WALB Noon Show, June 15, 2021, 10:00 AM, Show airs June 17, 2021, 12:30 PM, Info: 229-273-1668..........This Is Your Life honoring Susan Leger-Boike, June 17, 2021, 7 PM, Includes a FEE, Info: 229-273-1668..........

SAM Shortline Railroad Depot, 9th Avenue Map

Day Out with Thomas, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2021, Departs from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot..........

Cordele Community Clubhouse

Crisp County 4-H Dog Show, June 11, 2021, 10: AM, SSPre-registration required by June 4, 2021, Info: 229-276-2612..........

Crisp County Airport Map

Glider Practice Days & Contests, May 28 - June 12, 2021, Info: 229-273-1668..........

Crisp County Middle School Map

Watermelon Queen Pageant, May 22, 2021, 6:00 PM (Ages 0-24), Includes a FEE, Info: 229-322-7001..........Kwanis Club Annual Talent Showcase, June 10, 2021, 7:00 PM, Includes a FEE, Info: 4780718-2735..........

Crisp Motorsports Park Map

Watermelon Classic Races, June 12, 2021, Includes a FEE, Info: 229-938-8814..........

Perry G. Busbee Walking Track

Watermelon Walk, June 18, 2021, 7:30 AM, Perry G. Busbee Walking Track, FEE Required, Info: 229-276-3284..........

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