Dresden got a taste of summer on Saturday at the fourth annual Melon Festival at Dresden River Park.
Melon Festival Chairman Dave Mathew said the original festival ended in the 1970s, but the event is gaining popularity once again. The Tri-Valley marching band performed the opening ceremoney as runners crossed the finish line for the 5K race.
"We have a melon eating contest, a seed spitting contest and various things my wife helped put together," said Mathew. "There are a lot of games, and we have a pedal tractor pull for the children. There’s something for everybody."
Mathew said the festival got its name from a local melon grower. All proceeds will benefit Dresden River Park.
"After the park was done, ODNR put in almost $500,000 into this park with the boat ramp and all of the improvements," said Mathew. "We’ve been working to raise money to light the park, and we’re hoping to get power down here eventually and build a permanent stage."
Cash prizes were awarded for the heaviest watermelon, largest cantaloupe and sweetest cantaloupe.