Festival Event Schedule

Please plan on attending the 62nd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival to be held in historic downtown Chiefland, FL on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This will be a wonderful day of family, fun and fanfare. We will have scores of vendors offering crafts, food and information. There will be a parade featuring businesses, organizations and even Watermelon Pageant winners from our local tri-county community of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

62nd Annual
Chiefland Watermelon Festival
Schedule of Events

May 28th

11:30                     Queen Contestant Interviews at Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria

2:00                        Pageants at Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria


June 4

5:30                        Vendor check in

7:00 – 9:00           Watermelon Weigh in

8:00                        Vendor Booths open

9:00                        Presentation of the Flag

9:00 – 11:00        Talent TBA

11:00                     Parade

12:00 – 12:45      Introduction of Royalty & Watermelon Auction

12:45                     Crowning of 2016-2017 Watermelon Queen

1:00                        Seed Spitting contest

All Events are scheduled to take place at the Chiefland Train Depot unless otherwise noted.

In addition to the exhibitors, parade and pageant events, the festival also hosts a watermelon contest, free watermelon stations, and numerous other attractions.

In conjunction with our event, we are partnering with the Suwannee Valley Rotary for their first annual Tour de Melon, a cycling event for both the serious cyclist and the entire family. This event will feature tour trail routes on the paved Greenway Trail with opportunities to ride from 18 to 60 miles and a Century ride (100 miles) on a local highway route. You can visit the official tour de Melon event site here. You can also register on Active.com.