CHIPLEY - The phrase “nothing to do” won’t apply here in coming days as Washington County prepares for the 58th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival.
Gates open at Pals Park, located at 1544 N. Railroad Ave. in Chipley, at 5 p.m. Friday, with a variety of vendors and kids activities available, such as the "race mania" race track, kiddie helicopter ride, face painting, watermelon games, and more.
Country music favorites Ashton Shepherd, Jeff Bates, and John Anderson will begin taking the stage for a free concert at 6 p.m.
The fun continues at 7 a.m. Saturday with the annual pancake breakfast taking place at the Panhandle Shrine Club, located at 1425 Brickyard Rd., and with the 5K Hot Trot, set to begin at 7:30 at Washington-Holmes Technical Center, located at 757 Hoyt St. The technical center will also host an all-day antique car show.
The Watermelon Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. in downtown Chipley, with line up beginning at 9 a.m. at 1554 N. Railroad Ave.
The hub of the event's activity will then move to the Washington County Agricultural Center, located at 1424 W. Jackson Ave.
Musical group "Crossroads" will perform at 11 a.m., followed by the introductions of the 2014 Watermelon Queens at 11:45.
The Watermelon Auction begins at noon, and a performance by musical group Dailey & Vincent will close out the festivities for the day.
At 8 p.m., the Watermelon Dance will begin at the Panhandle Shrine Club, featuring music entertainment by Chad Street.