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Watermelon Carnival 2011

Dr. Rayford Edgar presents the flag during the patriotic opening of the Watermelon Music Fest held Thursday night at the Auditorium. It was sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club.

Yalobusha’s house band, The Sharecroppers, with Joyce Gibbs performed Thursday night.

Lucia Holloway, president of the Town and Country Garden Club, presented the 2011 Luella Fiar Community Enrichment Award to Dorothy (Dot) T. Trusty Thursday night.

Four-year-old Allen Tribble put on quite a show with his personalized redition of George Strait songs at Thursday’s Music Festival.

The Barbershop Quartet featured Barron Caulfield, Brad Sartor, Daniel Ashmore and Ray Ashmore.

Watermelon Queen Brittany Arendale and her court were presented Thursday night.

On Friday afternoon a brief, but hard, rain sent Carnival goers scurrying for cover. The Junior Auxiliary ladies were no exception.

Carnival goers visited while they waited for the start of the Friday night Street Dance sponsored by Renasant Bank. (also photo below)

Winners in Mechanics Bank 24th Annual Watermelon Run include (from left) Sarah Russo, third place; Amanda Lane, second place and Heather Beegle, first place. Men’s winners include Ron Beegle, third place; Randy Burt, second place; and Pip Gordon, first place.

Winners in the walk division of the annual run/walk are (from left) Brian Wilson, first place; Larry Sprouse, second place; Randy Horton, third place; Brandy Vollbracht, fourth place; Jennifer Jones, fifth place; and Loretta Reece, sixth place.

For almost two decades Odie Shuffield has sponsored a car show downtown during Carnival weekend. This year’s event featured a number of interesting entries.

Lots of melon sellin’ was going on Saturday morning. A very relaxed salesman Baxter Jones (8) waited for customers. His Dad, David, helped a little. Grandpa Baxter raised the melons.

Those interesting bottles could be full of secret ingredients for the barbecue at Saturday’s Cooking Contest.

Corps of Engineers Ranger Bobby Cox invited Carnival goers – like Clay Ashford – to visit Enid Lake.

In the biggest watermelon contest (right photo) Cody Bost (left) took top honors at this year’s Largest Melon Contest. Cody is the son of long-time competitor Marty Bost and his first place melon weighed 148.28 pounds. Graydon Hooker (center) won second place with a 121.66 pound melon. Kizer Yount (right) took third with a 116.16 pound melon. His melon was grown in Yalobusha County with the help of his grandfather, Bailey Walker. Jerry Vaughn had the largest melon at the contest, but could not

The Watermelon Carnival brought out the best competitors for the watermelon games Saturday afternoon in the Renasant Bank parking lot where lots of spittin’, eatin’ and tossin’ took place. Juice was flying everywhere as the 13 and under age group went for the big win.

Another Carnival has passed leaving some sweet, juicy memores of summer.

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