Monday, July 19, 2010

Pageland Watermelon Festival

Pageland, SC bills itself as the Watermelon Capital of the World, and each July since 1951, folks have gathered in this midlands town to celebrate that round green and pink fruit that South Carolinians love to snack on.

Watermelon seed spitting contests, watermelon eating contests, car shows, beauty pageants, and more highlight the festival. The 2010 version of the festival was held this past weekend, when the town population swelled from 3000 to over 30,000. In addition to the previously-mentioned activities, festival-goers enjoyed live music, parades, amusement rides, softball games, and a rodeo.

Plan to make it to next year's Watermelon Festival, and see why Pageland is known as The Perfect Slice of Life. For more information, visit the Pageland Chamber of Commerce website at

Photos: Watermelon art is popular at the Pageland Watermelon Festival. Now THAT's a BIG watermelon! A few of the autos in the Watermelon Festival Car Show.

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