WATER VALLEY – It’s Watermelon Carnival time in Water Valley. That means a music festival, a large collectibles/crafts fair, a fantastic variety of food, amusements rides, a street dance, an art show, a 3 mile walk/run, a car show, class reunions, live entertainment, free watermelon slices, and plenty of watermelon games to round out the activities.
The festivities begin August 2 in the Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. with the Watermelon Carnival Music Festival. The Town and Country Garden Club sponsors the evening. It features local talent along with the presentation of Watermelon Carnival Queen Margaret Black and Court.
On Friday, August 3, there will be all day shopping in the City Park. This is sponsored by the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary and features a variety of art, crafts and collectibles. The entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. when Mayor Bill Norris officially welcomes carnival goers.
At 8 p.m. there will be a Street Dance sponsored by Renasant Bank featuring the band Class Reunion.
There will be more shopping all day long Saturday and the entertainment begins at 8 a.m. and continues through until 7 p.m. At noon, gather round the gazebo for the Largest Watermelon Contest. At 1 p.m. in City Park the Mechanics Bank will offer free slices of cold watermelon.
The North Mississippi Regional Art Exhibit will be open at the Remedial Specialists Office on North Court Street all day August 3 and 4 and again in the afternoon August 5.
Be sure and visit downtown Water Valley. The Casey Jones Railroad Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and the 12th annual Car Display will be held in Shuffield Park all day Saturday. 8 a.m. Saturday, August 4 is the beginning time for the 3-Mile Run/Walk.
At the Railroad Park Pavilion there is a Watermelon Eating Contest at 1 p.m., followed by the Seed Spitting Contest at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. a new event, the Melon Toss, will take place.
And if you need to cool off from the summer heat at 2 p.m. the Mechanics Bank will be giving away slices of cold watermelon in front of their location on Main Street.