Sponsorship:  Our Festival is a fund raiser to help us host an Arts Summer Camp for the children in and around Denton.  Your sponsorship of our festival improves our community as a whole.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to donate online please click   Sponsorship Page  

Our Watermelon Contests are free to enter and open to everyone.  It's about having FUN!

There will be divisions for Children (1-7), Juniors (8-15) and Adults (16-UP) on most contests.

Watermelon Eating Contest - Contestants will have 90 seconds to eat a huge piece of watermelon with their hands behind their back.  The winner is the person who eats the most of their watermelon or the person who finishes down to the rind first.  Winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt. 

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest - Each contestant will be given a small slice of watermelon and they will spit the seeds from their slice of watermelon.  This is a contest for distance each contestant gets to spit four seeds and we will measure the farthest seed.   Winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt.  

Watermelon Crawl Contest - Our contestants will line up with a watermelon in front of them......they have to roll the watermelon with their head only while on their hands and knees across a 20 yard stretch of grass across the finish line.  Winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt. 

Largest Homegrown Watermelon Contest - Bring your largest homegrown watermelon and have it weighed on our farm scale.  The person with the heaviest watermelon will receive a trophy, their name on a plaque that will list each years winners and watermelon weight, a festival t-shirt and big time bragging rights for a whole year. No age division for this contest.

Face Painting and Temporary Tattoos - There will be a face painting and temporary tattoo booth for kids (and adults) who want to look festive.  We have several very good young adult artists who will be painting and applying tattoos.  Price will vary based on size and detail of face painting and or how many tattoos.  ($2-$5)  

What's a Festival without Great Festival Food?  We've got it covered! - Available for purchase we will have watermelon by the slice, watermelon icy pops, popcorn, hot-dogs, sausage dogs, chips, pork skins, yummy baked goods, watermelon lemon-aid, bottled water and cold drinks. Come ready to pig out! 

Festival T-Shirts - Quality "Quick Dry"  Watermelon Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase. These shirts are going to be a big hit, two colors to choose from.  $12 each.   

Dunking Booth - Do you have a good pitching arm?  Come try your hand at dunking some of Denton's finest.  We are working on our lineup of prominent Denton citizens and hope to have a different one each half hour.  Do you know someone you'd like to volunteer?  Let us know and we'll see if we can persuade them to take a turn, after all it's for a good cause.  $1/throw 

​Cornhole Tournament- Who doesn't love a fun game of Cornhole?  Tournament will be run using ACO (American Cornhole Organization) tournament rules.  Cost to enter will be $20 per team if you register online ahead of time and $25 registration day of.  Prize money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with a festival t-shirt.  Cash prize money will be half of the entry fees taken in.

Click here for online Cornhole Registration.  

Watermelon Pageant - We will be crowning Watermelon Royalty.  Our divisions will be Junior Princess (6 to 9 years old), Princess (10-13 years old) and Queen (14 to 18 years old).   

Click here for pageant guidelines and entry form. 

Vendors:  Our Artistan's Market will be an opportunity to shop for quality handcrafted items made by local craftsmen, artists and artisans.   

Vendor Application Form download

Vendors this year are limited to handcrafted items.  Spaces are 10'x10' and cost is $25 per space and electricity is available for $10 additional.  click for application 

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Old Fashioned - Friendly - Family Fun!

Saturday August 4th, 2018 - 9am - 2pm 

Harrison Park, 43 S Main Street, Denton, NC

​Corner of S Main and Salisbury

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