Festival Event Schedule

Please plan on attending the 63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival to be held in historic downtown Chiefland, FL on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 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.

63rd Annual
Chiefland Watermelon Festival
Schedule of Events

May 27th

11:30                     Queen Contestant Interviews at Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria

2:00                        Pageants at Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria


June 3

5:30                        Vendor check in

7:00 – 9:00             Watermelon Weigh in

Houston Keen

Houston Keen

8:00                        Vendor Booths open

9:00                        Presentation of the Flag

11:00 – 2:30           Entertainment provided by Houston Keen

11:00                      Parade

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

12:45                     Crowning of 2017-2018 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 station, and numerous other attractions.