7th Annual Dresden Melon Festival

POSTED BY: Stephanie Hube
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:36 PM
Melon Festival

Saturday was the day for the 7th annual revival of the Dresden Melon Festival.

According to Mayor and Festival Chairman Dave Mathew, the Jaycees used to hold the festival back in the '60s and '70s. Even though the melon harvests may not be quite as large as they once were, the festival is still going strong.

"Well the dresden area is famous for their river bottom melons and that's how it started in the '60s, so we wanted to do something and just thought bringing that festival back would be a good idea."

The festival featured live music, games, petting zoo, a melon eating and seed spitting contests and even a melon derby.

"I'm going to be doing the melon derby. It's where you, have a melon and you put wheels on it and you race" said Dyllon Ault, Melon Festival Prince.

The festival began at Dresden River Park at 9:15a.m. Saturday morning and ran until 11:00p.m. that night. Visitors got in for just $1. All proceeds from the festival go to the improvement of the park.

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