Watermelon Festival begins Friday

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM.

CHIPLEY — The 57th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival kicks off Friday, June 28, at Pals Park with concerts by Andy Griggs at 6 p.m. and Joe Diffie at 7:30 p.m.

“This type of quality entertainment is really special,” said Festival Chairman Colby Peel on Thursday at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Peel said he has received numerous calls from surrounding communities asking how it is possible for Washington County to put on such an event for free.

“For a community our size to be able to bring in acts like this and have the event free really says a lot about the commitment by this community to the festival,” Peel said.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday at Pals Park and the event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, June 29, the Festival begins with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. hosted by the Shriner’s Club and the 35th annual Hot Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. at Washington-Holmes Technical Center. There is a fee for both the breakfast and the run.

There will also be a Car Show all day at WHTC in conjunction with the festival.

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