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2016 What-A-Melon Festival Schedule of Events


Wednesday, July 6th
The Shelby County Ministers' Fellowship has organized a night of fellowship and praise with gospel music on the stage starting at 6pm until the festival closes at 10pm. Performances to enjoy are Jeff and Norine Spring; Christina Smith; Bro. Alvin Davis and Open Door Church; Rev. Robert Gipson and Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church; Rev. Karen Jones and First United Methodist Church; Leigh Porterfield; Patti Pustka and First Baptist Church; and Bishop W.C. Martin and Bennett Chapel Church.
5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)6:00pm - Shelby County Ministers' Fellowship has the stage until 10pm, Gospel music, Praise, and Worship10:00pm - Festival Closes
Thursday, July 7th
5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-In (Top 3 will be on display remainder of festival)7:00pm to 10pm - Pine Hill Review featuring the Pack of Strays10:00pm - Festival Closes
Friday, July 8th
5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)6:00pm - WAM Pet Show7:00pm - Strong Trimph Church7:30pm - Prince of Peace Church8:30pm - East Texas Community Choir (till 9:30pm)10:00pm - Festival Closes
Saturday, July 9th
Carla Lynn Penney, of Vienna, Georgia, was crowned the 2016 National Watermelon Queen during the annual National Watermelon convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in February. Carla will represent the National Watermelon Association at the 2016 Shelby County What-A-Melon Festival.  She will be attending all of the Saturday events, beginning with the What-A-Melon Crawl 5K! Her trip to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by Wiggins Farms.
7:00am - WAM Fun Run7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk10:00am - WAM Pageant3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)3:00pm - Car Show in FBC parking lot4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest5:00pm - Watermelon Decorating Competition Judging begins7:30pm - Haley Hass10:00pm - Festival Shuts Down
Arm bands will be available for each night of the festival for the rides and are $20 for 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission buttons are good for entry to the festival all four days. Adult buttons are $5 each. Children five and under get in free. Thanks you for your help publicizing the What-A-Melon Festival. The festival is run by the Center Rotary Club and funds raised are donated back to the community during the year.

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