Last Modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:51 PM
The 7th Annual Beauregard Watermelon Festival will run June 28-30 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder.
The festival will offer rides, entertainment, car and truck shows, games, a 5K run, a pageant, vendors, food and much more.
The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. June 28, with the “Cutting of the Melon & Celebrity Seed Spitting Contest.”
Friday night’s music lineup includes Shadow Road at 6:15 p.m. and Willie Tee & Cypress, with guest Tommy McClain, at 9 p.m. In honor of Louisiana’s bicentennial, a fireworks show will be at 9 p.m.
Saturday events will include the seed spitting and eating contests at 2 p.m. These contests are free to enter for all over age 11 and are held at the outdoor pavilion. Local area farmers may also weigh in their harvests to compete in the Largest Watermelon Producers Contest, which will be followed by an auction. Participants may enter precarved watermelons by 11 a.m. at the indoor exhibit hall to win cash and prizes. Brandon Ledet & Creole Touch will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Da’ Classics and then Bernie Alan.
A schedule and admission information can be seen online at www.beauregardwatermelonfestival.com.