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64th Annual Watermelon
Festival
2014!



EVENT REGISTRATION!
NOMINATE PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
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PARADE FORM VOTE FOR
PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
NOMINATION
CAR SHOW FORM
CAR SHOW FLYER
KIWANIS 5K
MELON RUN FORM
 
BABY PHOTO
CONTEST FORM
PAGEANTS
0-12 YEARS
TEEN MISS/QUEEN
NEW! MS./MRS. WATERMELON
WATERMELON
CARVING CONTEST

FORM
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ESSAY WRITING
SCHOLARSHIP
CONTEST FORMS
 
SCHEDULE 2014
 

Taylor Clemons, Queen & Jenny Jackson, Teen Miss 2013

JUNE 13
KICK-OFF DINNER
Sponsored by the 
MONTICELLO OPERA HOUSE

Doors Open  5:30 PM
Dinner  6:00 PM

MENU:
Caesar Salad
Fried Chicken
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Caprese Relish
Yeast Rolls
Dessert



CHILDREN'S THEATER: 
2014:A SPACE ODDITY 7:00 PM

ADULTS: $8
STUDENTS 12 & UP: $5
CHILDREN 11 AND UNDER: $3



JUNE 14
PAGEANTS
Click  for flyers & registration!
Teen Miss & Queen
Ages 0-11


JUNE 14
WACISSA SUNRISE PADDLE
7 AM TO 9 AM
WATER ACTIVITIES, MUSIC, FOOD, & FUN!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY
MOVE.TALLAHASSEE.COM 
MORE INFORMATION TO COME!


JUNE 16 
LUNCH JAM
MUSIC & FOOD!
11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM

LOCATION TBA



JUNE 17
LUNCH JAM
MUSIC & FOOD!

11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM
LOCATION TBA



JUNE 18
LUNCH JAM
MUSIC & FOOD!
11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM

LOCATION TBA



JUNE 19 
 MONTICELLO WOMAN'S CLUB
LUNCHEON 
MONTICELLO WOMAN'S CLUB LUNCHEON 



JUNE 20
ARTS & CRAFTS &  FOOD VENDORS
6:00 am LOAD-IN
VENDORS OPEN AT
3:00 PM
ROTARY BBQ 5:00 PM
WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST

ALTRUSA BED RACE 7:00 PM
CHILDREN'S THEATER 7:45 PM
STREET DANCE 8:00 PM
GHOST TOUR 8:00 PM




 
JUNE 21
FMB BREAKFAST 7:00 AM
KIWANIS 5K MELON RUN 8:15 AM

PARADE 10:00 AM
CAR SHOW 10:00 AM

ARTS & CRAFTS & FOOD 9:00 AM
MUSIC & ALL DAY ENTERTAINMENT

GELLINGS SEED SPITTING CONTEST
BMX BIKE EXHIBITIONS SPONSORED BY TOBACCO FREE!
BIKE GIVEAWAY!
CHILDREN'S THEATER 11:30 AM
JEFFERSON ARTS GALLERY  EXHIBIT

GHOST TOUR 8:00 PM
 

2012 Watermelon Festival Photos

 
 The Monticello Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 63rd Annual Watermelon Festival in Monticello, Florida. This region in northern Florida is just east of the capitol city of Tallahassee, yet the area is well known for an agricultural heritage and a rural atmosphere reminiscent of "old Florida". Local farms began growing watermelons during the late 1800's. The soil and weather proved to be a great combination for the watermelon crops.
By 1884, Jefferson County was considered the top watermelon seed supplier in the world. Prominent seed supplier William M. Girardeau became very successful after he developed the first commercial machine for separating the seeds from the watermelons.


                      


Over the years, many local farms continued to grow and market watermelons and watermelon seeds. This trend continued for decades and inspired the first Jefferson County Watermelon Festival in Monticello. Over the years, many new events have been added to the Festival.

The Watermelon Festival is the highlight of community activities in Jefferson County. Started over 50 years ago to recognize the watermelon growers of the county, the festival includes beauty pageants, dinners, street dance, arts and crafts, melon run, sports events, and parade. Held each year the third week of June, the festival encourages community groups to sponsor events and raise funds for ongoing projects.





 

2011 Watermelon Festival Photos

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PREVIOUS CHAIRPERSONS

1949/50/51 Leonard Radcliffe
 1952 Prentice Pruitt
 1953 Albert Odom 
1954 Jesse Lott 
1955 Tommy Martin 
1957 Albert Odom 
1958 Ernest Clark 
1959 Brown Eades 
1960/61 John Halpin 
1962 Bill Roth 
1963 Charlie Mercer 
1964/65 No Festival 
1966 Albert Odom 
1967/68 Dr Harold Young 
1969/70 Buck Bird 
1971/72 Albert Odom 
1973/74 Sam Scott & Eugenia Dunn 
1975 Ed Graves 
1976 Gene Beatty 
1977 Gordon Roberts 
1978 Matt Brown 
1979 Ron & Pat Smit
1980 Jim Hill
1981 Jerry Boatwright1982 Cindy Roe Littlejohn
1983 Dr. Albert Barker
1984 Delores Green & pat Strawn
1985/86 Bobbi Krebs
1987 Dr. Joesph Griffitts
1988/89 Michael Reichman
1990/91/92/93 Sharon Dukes
1994 Sharon Dukes & Joy Eveland
1995/96 Joy Eveland
1997 Jan Brown & Joy Eveland
1998/99/00 Kimberli Eure
2001 John Rainwater
2002/03 Mary Frances Gramling
2004 Mary Frances Gramling & Betsy Gray
2005 Mary Frances Gramling & Betsy Gray
2006 Mary Frances Gramling & Nicole Honcell
2007  Nicole Honcell
2008 Mary Frances Gramling
2009  Mary Frances Gramling & Nikki Little
2010 Mary Frances Gramling
2011/12 Nan Baughman & Sherri Dean
2013 Nan Baughman & Melanie Mays, Executive Director Chamber of Commerce
2014 Melanie Mays, Executive Director Chamber of Commerce
 

PREVIOUS PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

1979 Chuck Lindburg1981 Hans Sorenson Family 
1982 Dr.James Sledge & Mrs. Irma Lynn 
1983 Frank Ranicky & Anna Johnson 
1984 Don Fuqua 
1985 Bill Grant 
1986 Clemon Johnson & Kenny Knox 
1987 Senator Wayne Hallingsworth 
1988 Carmen Cummings & Ted Trulock 
1989 Sherry Walker & Allen Boyd 
1991 Desert Storm Personnel Veterans 
1992 Sharon Dukes 
1994 Clemon  Johnson 
1996 Eleanor Hawkins 
1997 Joe & Jean Subers 
1998 Danny Jackson & Robert Wilson 
1999 Edwin Mackey 
2000 Carl Hanks 
2001 Gladys Roanne 
2002 Ruby Whitson 
2003 Gary Wright 
2004 Martha Gerry, Dr.J.B Brinson & Dr John Ward 
2005 Steve Andris 
2006 Troy & Gretchen Avera 
2007 U.S Armed Forces 
2008 Sam Madison,Jr. 
2009 Winston Lee 
2010 Nan Baughman 
2011 Jack Carswell 
2012 Dean & Andie Jerger 
2013 Mark & Teresa Kessler

PREVIOUS WATERMELON QUEENS

1949 Regina Glover 
1950 Johnelle Hamrick 
1951 Betty Jean Pope 
1952 Natalia Bramlett 
1953 Dorothy Trefry
1954 Marie Demott 
1955 Peggy Wells 
1956 Jennifer Edwards
1957 Mary Frances Gramling 
1958 Edwina Scruggs
1959 Martha Lynn Harris 
1960 Mary Ann Phillips 
1961 Angela Brittle
1962 Frances Shuman 
1963 Judy Harris
1964 /65 No Pageant
1966 Donna Blow
1967 Jaunice Hagan 
1968 Melva Buzbee
1970 Kathleen Armstrong
1971 Karen Kiser
1972 Judy Bailey
1973 Joni Armstrong
1974 Sondra Couver
1975 Debbie Ehler
1976 Annette Rea
1977 Kathy Roberts
1978 Jennifer Yaun
1979 Carmen Cummings
1980 Marjorie Hawkins
1981 Sharon Counts
1982 Crystal Brumbly
1983 Laura Monroe
1984 Betsy Hopkins
1985 Jeanna Folsom
1986 Monica Munroe
1987 No Pageant
1988 Robin Baker
1989 Angela Chambers
1990 Tanya McGrady
1991 Cassie Walker
1992 Dena Walker
1993 Joanne Bullock & Adrian Walker
1994 Michelle Miller
1995/96 Beth Boyd
1997 Betty Lynn Carswell
1998 Danyale Vogelgesang
1999 Heather Lynn Craig
2000 Sheena McDonald
2001 Kirsten Hatfield
2002 Faith Floyd
2003 Frances Marie Walker 
2004 Jesslyn Joyner
2005 Alana Chambers
2006 Joanna Cobb
2007 Ramsey Revel
2008/10 Caitlin Harrison
2011 Kaitlin Jackson
2012 Michaela Metcalfe
 

PREVIOUS JR. TEEN MISS/PRINCESSES

1984 Sandra Walker 
1985 Robin Baker 
1986 Suzanne Monroe 
1987 Suzanne Boyd 
1988 Felicia Floyd
1995 Mary Kate Swann 
1996 Ashley Fulford 
1997 Sheena MacDonald 
1998 Lisa Wheeler 
1999 Casey Handley 
2000 Michelle Ward 
2001 Amanda Hunt 
2002 Jessica Thurman 
2003 Murial Steele 
2004 Amber Curry 
2005 Ramsey Revel 
2006 Dana Jane Watt 
2007 No Pageant 
2008/10 Mikayla Fillyaw 
2011 Taylor Clemens 
2012 Caroline Yaun