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 Joe Diffie in concert. 



Joe diffie concert

Saturday, August 12 - 8:30 pm - Hempstead Hall 

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Thursday, August 10 - August, Saturday 12


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watermelon idol

Thursday, August 10 and Saturday, August 12

McDonald's Stage

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Saturday, August 12 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Near Swimming Pool 

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Festival program

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watermelon 5k run/walk

Saturday, August 12 - 7:30 am 

Fair Park Gate 

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little miss & Mister watermelon

Friday, August 11 - 6:00 pm

McDonalds Stage 

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baggo tournament

Friday, August 11- 7:00 p.m.

Legion Field at Fair Park 

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