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 Cordele Map Calendar View

Window Decorating Contest Deadline, May 28 - June 11, 2018, Cordele Main Street, Info: 229-273-5671..........Chalk It Up Art Contest, June 7, 2018, 4-6 PM, Cordele Main Street, Info: Crisp Area Arts Alliance 229-276-2902..........Downtown Taste of Melon, June 13, 2018, 10:00 AM, Cordele Main Street Office, Info: 229-276-2902...........Watermelon Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 22-24, 2018, Time and Location TBA, (Includes a FEE), Info: Cordele-Crisp Tourism at 229-273-1668..........Watermelon Festival Parade, June 30, 2017, 8:30 AM, Info: 229-273-1668..........Cordele 311 Watermelon Quest, June 30, 2018, Register at Watermelon Park by 10:00 AM, Info: Call 311..........

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

Watermelon Days Festival Ribbon Cutting, June 1, 2018, 10:00 AM, Info: 229-273-1668..........Crisp Couny 4-H Dog Show, June 22, 2018, 10:00 AM, Registration required by June 15, 2018, Info: 229-276-2612..........Watermelon Days Car & Truck Display, June 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Info: Gene Arnett at 229-322-1621..........Watermelon Days Arts & Crafts, June 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Info: 229-276-0140..........Watermelon Days Entertainment, June 30, 2018, 10:00 AM, Info: 229-805-5577..........Watermelon Slice Giveaway, June 30, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Info: 229-276-2612..........Watermelon Eating Contest, June 30, 2018, 11:15 AM..........Heart of Worship, June 30, 2018, 12-1 PM, Info: 229-805-5577..........ExSEEDingly Excellent Talent Showcase, June 30, 2018, 2:00 PM, Info: 229-805-5577..........Watermelon Chunking Contest, June 30, 2018, 1:00 PM, Info: 229-271-8718..........Sweet Melon & Adult Seed Spitting Contest, June 30, 2018, 2:00 PM..........

Watermelon Capital Speedway Map

Fan Appreciation Race! Southern Pro Am Truck Series, June 2, 2018, 7:00 PM (6:00 PM Practice), Includes a FEE, Info: 229-938-8814..........

Artsy Fartsy Experience Map

Watermelon Art, June 23, 2018, 10:AM - 5:00 PM, 401 South Pecan Street, (Includes a FEE), Info: 229-947-5913..........

Cordele Community Clubhouse

Watermelon Days Puppet Show, June 11, 2018, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Info: Steve Etheridge at 229-947-3541..........Watermelon Gospel Sing, June 22, 2018, 7:00 PM, Info: 229-273-0885..........

Crisp County Airport Map

Sailplane Competition, June 2-9, 2018..........

Crisp County Middle School Map

Watermelon Queen Pageant, June 2, 2018, 2:00 PM (Ages 3-13), 7:00 PM (Ages 14-21), Includes a FEE, Info: The Cordele Dispatch, 229-273-2277..........

Crisp County Softball Complex

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Destiny Fitness Map

Watermelon 5K Run & Fun Run, June 30, 2018, 7:00 AM, (Includes a FEE), Info: 229-513-3052..........Watermelon Derby 50m & 100m Dash, June 30, 2018, 7:45 AM, Includes a FEE, Info: 229-513-3052..........

Flint River Pottery

WALB Noon Show, June 21, 2018, 12:30-1:00 PM, Info: 229-273-1668..........

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Fireworks on the Flint, July 4, 2018, 9:30 PM, Includes a FEE, Parking-$5.00, Info: 229-273-1668......

Holmes Construction

Watermelon Word Hunt, June 1-11, 2018, (Deadline is June 11, 2018), Info: 229-273-0885..........

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

This is Your Life, June 28, 2018, 7:30 PM, Includes a FEE, Info: 229-273-1668..........

Perry G. Busbee Walking Track

Watermelon Walk, June 29, 2018, 7:30 AM, Perry G. Busbee Walking Track, Info: 229-276-3284..........

SAM Shortline Railroad Depot, 9th Avenue

Watermelon Express Train Ride, May 26, 2018, 9:15 AM, Departs from Downtown Cordele Depot..........Watermelon Express Train Ride, June 2, 2018, 9:15 AM, Departs from Downtown Cordele Depot..........Watermelon Express Train Ride, June 22, 2018, 9:15 AM, Departs from Downtown Cordele Depot..........

Turner Park

Watermelon Horseshoe Tournament, Adult & Youth Divisions, June 30, 2018, 9:00 AM, Info: Crisp County Horseshoe Club at 229-273-3820, Ext 401..........

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