This year’s event will include musical performances by Darryl Worley, Restless Heart, Julie Roberts, and The Grascals."

CHIPLEY - Organizers for the Panhandle Watermelon Festival have officially announced the entertainment line-up for the 2017 event.

"For 61 years, Panhandle Watermelon Festival has offered a festival unlike any other," said PWF Chairman Colby Peel. "We could not be more excited to announce this year’s two day event will include musical performances by Darryl Worley, Restless Heart, Julie Roberts and The Grascals."

Building off the record breaking success of the last few years, PWF says it's excited to go "bigger and better" every year, and 2017 is no different. “Holding to tradition, Panhandle Watermelon Festival consistently spotlights legendary music acts coupled with family oriented activities making this two day festival unlike any other offered in the area,” stated Peel, “Our goal remains to bring the highest quality entertainment to this community while ensuring this event is free to everyone who attends.”

Country music favorites Julie Roberts and Restless Heart will kick off Friday night’s event at Pal’s Park. Roberts' first two albums alone sold 1 million records, which included her Billboard top 20 country hit "Break Down Here".

Restless Heart, responsible for 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits - will hit the stage following Roberts Friday night.

Friday night’s concert event will highlight country music artist Darryl Worley. Worley has scored nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits including “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent an astonishing seven weeks at No. 1 as well as “I Miss My Friend."

"This festival is one you do not want to miss," added Peel.

PWF has combined incredible music with equally impressive kid friendly activities that ensure everyone in your family will enjoy Friday night.

Come hungry and feast on fare that goes hand in hand with Friday night Watermelon including hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Chipley Fire Department.

Saturday’s events commence early with the annual 5,000 meter Hot Trot Run at the Florida Panhandle Technical College. At the same time, spectators can head over to the Shrine Club for the traditional Pancake Breakfast. The family favorite Watermelon Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Participants will organize at the Chipley High School Football Stadium and continue east on Hwy 90 through downtown to the delight of hundreds of eager faces.

Festivities will begin immediately following the parade at the Ag Center with the time-honored introduction of queens and the watermelon contest and auction, hosted by Auctioneer David Corbin, round out the lunchtime activities.

Three-time Grammy® nominated bluegrass group, The Grascals, will cap off Saturday’s musical performances.

Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the Ag Center grounds and visitors can drop by the Kiwanis table and pick up a complimentary slice of Watermelon (while supplies last).

For more details on the 61st Annual PWF celebration, visit

Held every year on the last full weekend in June, this free two day event is made possible in large part by these presenting sponsors:

Brickyard Market
Chipley Physical & Aquatic Therapy
Chipley Piggly Wiggly
Community South Credit Union
GAC Contractors
Greg Wilson, Attorney at Law
Gulf Coast Utility Contractors
JRA Architects
Marianna Physical Therapy
McDonald’s of Chipley
Northwest Florida Community Hospital
OneSouth Bank
Tobacco Free Florida