Chiefland Watermelon Festival

Watermelons are 92 percent water and were first grown in the Kalahari Desert in Africa.

Some 5,000 years ago watermelons were harvested in Egypt. As proof, there were ancient wall paintings that included this fruit. Merchant ships brought watermelon all over the world and it arrived in the U.S. with African slaves. Later on, ice-cold watermelon became the most popular summertime treat.

The Chiefland Watermelon Festival has been held every first Saturday in June in Chiefland, Florida since 1954. The festival honors the watermelon farmers and brings the community together for a family-day celebration, There are many different fun activities and plenty of cold watermelons. 

Unfortunately this year it was canceled but hopefully, you can enjoy it next year.


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