CHIPEY - Applications are being accepted for an upcoming pageant.

The 62nd Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival Pageant will be held at the Washington County Agriculture Center, located at 1424 Jackson Avenue in Chipley at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The Panhandle Watermelon Pageant is an open pageant.

Applications are available at Bush Paint and Supply in Graceville, the Washington County Ag-Extension Office in Chipley and on the website at

The entry fee is $70 and entry fee for the photogenic competition will be an additional $10. Photogenic entries will be limited to one photo per contestant. All proceeds will go to the Panhandle Watermelon Festival. Applications and fees must be returned by Saturday, May 12 and may be personally delivered to Bush Paint and Supply or mailed to the following address: Panhandle Watermelon Pageant, C/O Bush Paint and Supply, 971 Sixth Ave., Graceville, FL 32440.

Checks should be made payable to Panhandle Watermelon Pageant.

Winners will receive a large trophy, large crown and banner. Queens should be prepared to participate in the Watermelon Festival activities to include the parade as well as other activities related to the festival. Door admissions are $5 per person with the exception of contestants and children ages 3 and under are free.

For more information call Teresa Bush at 850-263-4744 or 850-263-3072 or 850-415-0692 or Melissa Miles at 850-260-4323.