One last reminder that the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is 3-7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 and 4. Held at Odd Fellows Festival Park off Highway 90 West, the event is open 3-7 p.m. on Friday with no charge for parking. However, visitors can purchase a program for $5 and show it at the gate on Saturday for free parking.
Events coordinator Patty Tripp said that most of the 40 vendors will be set up on Friday afternoon and a full slate of entertainers will be on hand. Among the children's events, for instance, will be the petting zoo, pony rides, Water Bubbles, a Bounce House, laser tag, water tag, Bungee Bounce, mechanical swings, a mechanical bull and train rides. A fire trailer will also be on the grounds with firefighters to train parents and children how to escape a house fire. Musical entertainment on Friday will be the McCrays from 3-5 p.m. and Camm Lewis from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday's events also include a children's area, arts and crafts, food vendors and the Odd Fellows from Lodge #73 dispensing delicious watermelon to visitors, free of charge. Admission on Saturday is $5 per vehicle, unless you have the program from the day before.
The Persuaders will provide the musical entertainment on Saturday. A Pretty Baby Contest begins at 9 a.m. and the Hope Puppets will perform at 10 a.m. The Shine and Show Open Car Show, with trophies sponsored by Sunny South Raceway, will bring pleasure to both exhibitors and viewers. And this year, Sunny South will have on display some of its race cars and go carts.
The beautiful Watermelon Queens will mingle with the crowd and they are Amanda McQurter, 16-18 year old and overall Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen; Kayleigh-Faye Tomlin, 13-15 year old Queen; Kara Shields, 10-12 year old Queen, Abigail Akridge, 7-8 year old Queen and Emma Lou Rogers, 4-6 year old Queen.
For more information, see www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org or call Patty Tripp, 251-865-3456