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.

Festival Highlights Cordele Map Calendar View

Window Decorating Contest Deadline, June 1-13, 2017, Cordele Main Street, Info: 229-273-5671..........Downtown Taste of Melon, June 14, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cordele Main Street Office, Info: 229-276-2902...........Watermelon Festival Parade, June 24, 2017, 8:30 AM, Info: 229-273-1668..........Cordele 311 Watermelon Quest, June 24, 2017, 3:11 PM, Register at Watermelon Park by 10:00 AM, Info: Call 311..........Watermelon Dance, June 24, 2017, 8:00 PM, Cypress Grill, Info: 229-276-1004..........

Crisp Regional Hospital Park, 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street Map

How Sweet It Is, Photography Exhibition, June 12-30, 2017, Hospital Lobby, Deadline to enter contest: June 7, 2017, 5:00 PM, Info: Crisp Area Arts Alliance at 229-273-6242..........Crisp Couny 4-H Dog Show, June 16, 2017, 10:00 AM, Registration required by June 8, 2017, Info: 229-276-2612..........Watermelon Days Car & Truck Display, June 24, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Info: Gene Arnett at 229-406-0182..........Watermelon Days Arts & Crafts, June 24, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Info: 229-276-0140..........Watermelon Days Entertainment, June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Info: 229-805-5577..........Watermelon Slice Giveaway, June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Info: 229-276-2612..........Watermelon Eating Contest, June 24, 2017, 11:15 AM..........Watermelon Chunking Contest, June 24, 2017, 1:00 PM, Info: 229-271-8718..........Sweet Melon & Adult Seed Spitting Contest, June 24, 2017, 3:00 PM..........

Ben Morris Pond, Highway 300 South

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Cordele Community Clubhouse

Watermelon Gospel Sing, June 23, 2017, 7:00 PM, Info: 229-273-0885..........

Cordele-Crisp Carnegie Library

How Sweet It Is, Photography Exhibition, June 12-30, 2017, Hospital Lobby, Deadline to enter contest: June 7, 2017, 5 PM, Info: Crisp Area Arts Alliance at 229-273-6242..........

Cordele Lions Club & Park Map

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Crisp County Middle School Map

Watermelon Queen Pageant, June 10, 2017, Ages 14-21, 7:00 PM, Ages 3-13, 2:00 PM, Info: The Cordele Dispatch, 229-273-2277..........Watermelon Days Puppet Show, June 21, 2017, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Info: Steve Etheridge at 229-947-3541..........

Crisp County Softball Complex

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Crisp Motorsports Park   Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway

Crisp Motor Sports Racing, June 24, 2017, Info: 229-938-8814..........

Empire Dance & Performing Arts Studio

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Flint River Pottery

Watermelon Decorating Contest, June 14, 2017, (Drop off 3:00-5:30 PM), Info: 229-273-1668..........Watermelon Health Fair, Fasting Required, June 15, 2017, 7-9 AM, Info: 229-276-3284..........WALB Noon Show, June 15, 2017, 12:30-1:00 PM, Info: 229-273-1668..........

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Fireworks on the Flint, July 4, 2017, 9:30 PM, Parking-$5.00, Info: 229-273-1668......

Holmes Construction

Watermelon Word Hunt, June 1-12, 2017, (Deadline is June 12, 2017), Info: 229-273-0885..........The Wedding Game, June 24, 2017, 12:00 Noon, Info: 229-273-0885..........

Impact Sports & Fitness

Watermelon 5K Run & Fun Run, June 17, 2017, 7:00 AM, Info: 229-271-1900......

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

This is Your Life, June 15, 2017, 7:00 PM, Info: 229-273-1668..........

Perry G. Busbee Walking Track

Watermelon Walk, June 23, 2017, 7:30 AM, Info: 229-276-3284..........

SAM Shortline Railroad Depot, 9th Avenue

Watermelon Express Train Ride, June 17 & 23, 2017, 9:30 AM, Downtown Cordele Depot, Info: 229-276-0755..........Presidential Flyer Train Ride, June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM, Georgia Veterans State Park, Info: 229-276-0755..........

South Georgia Technical College - Cordele Center

Watermelon Cooking Demonstration, June 21, 2017, 2:00 PM, Info: 229-271-4040..........

Turner Park

Watermelon Classic, ACA Sanctioned, Corn Hole Tournament, June 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Info: Gary Cross at 229-942-5932..........

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