65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival
Each year the Newberry Watermelon Festival committee works hard to improve the festival and its activities. The watermelons are always provided from a local grower and given to the festival goers for FREE. We have beauty pageants for ages 0-22 years. Our pageants are held at the Newberry Oak View Middle School Auditorium starting on Friday for girls ages 5-16 years old and on Saturday for the boys and girls ages 0-4 years old. Our Queen's pageant for young ladies ages 17-22 years old are held on Friday with the Queen being crowned on Saturda. Our 2008 Master of Ceremonies for the pageants was 93.7FM K-CountryÍs very own Midday DJ, Mr. Lewis Stokes. Lewis has graciously volunteered his time and talents to our festival pageants for several years now. Some of the favorite festival activities started many years ago and still continue today. These activities include contests for watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, and of course the ñBig Melon.î In 2005 we added a FREE concert on the Saturday night of the festival. In 2008, our concert opened with NewberryÍs own, Mr. Mark Copeland. Mark has provided the festival and pageants with his entertainment for many years. Then, Cowboy Crush headlined our 2008 Festival concert.