Watermelons have long been a calling card for the City of Hope.


The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. Local civic clubs hold dinners featuring such down-home fare as locally grown smoked chicken and golden fried catfish. What else can you do at the festival? You can participate in a 5 k race, take in a dog show, enter the "Watermelon Idol" talent contest. The last day of the festival will be a night to remember closing with a concert. Headliner to be announced soon! 



Great News! new festival hours 2018!

Thursday - 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M

Friday - 10:30 A.M - 8:00 P.M

Saturday - 9:00 A.M - 9:00 P.M

Vendor application

Thursday, August 9 - August, Saturday 11


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watermelon idol

Thursday, August 9 and Saturday, August 11

McDonald's Stage

Registration Form Coming Soon! 



Saturday, August 11 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Near Swimming Pool 

Registration Form Coming Soon! 


Festival program

Plan your day! Check out what's happening this year. 

Coming Soon! 


watermelon 5k run/walk

Saturday, August 11 - 7:30 am 

Fair Park Gate 

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little miss & Mister watermelon

Friday, August 10 - 6:00 pm

McDonalds Stage 

Registration Form→

baggo tournament

Friday, August 10- 7:00 p.m.

Legion Field at Fair Park 

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