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 local businesses enjoyed the Watermelon Olympics Competition last year, so they are gearing up for another exciting competition.



2019 festival hours of operation:

                       These closing hours are for food vendors.  If the food vendors choose to stay open later, that is perfectly fine.

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

Friday - 11:00 A.M - 8:00 P.M 

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

2019 Vendor/Concessions application

Thursday, August 8 - August, Saturday 10

Vendors/Exhibitors Apply Here    Concessions Apply Here


watermelon idol






Saturday, August 10 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Near Swimming Pool - Will soon post 2019 Information.

Registration Form→


Festival Events/Activities

Hope chamber(Facebook)

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see the full list of all activities and events.


watermelon 5k run/walk

2019 Info Will Soon be in Place

+  Melon Mile Fun Run / Click on link below to register. 

Hope Watermelon 5k

                                  Baggo Tournament

Stay tuned for 2019 Updates.

Location: Legion Field at Fair Park