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Farmerville Jaycees hoping for a large turnout for Watermelon Festival

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 6:56 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Farmerville Jaycees are hosting the first Watermelon Festival since 2019. The festival starts at 5 PM on July 30, 2021. The organizers are hoping that people will be ready to eat some watermelon and spit some seeds.

The residents are excited as this event brings a big influx of revenue to businesses in the area. They bring in many people from around the area.

Even event organizers are ready to get back to the rind. Macy Ware is hoping to see large crowds come out to unwind this weekend.

“This year, we are just hoping to bring the festival back, you know, it was a terrible year last year, we couldn’t have the festival.” said Macy Ware, “We are just wanting to bring everybody together and hopefully have some fun. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten to be together as a town and just have some fun and... just relax.”

Businesses, like Taterbugs, depend on the festival for a boost in sales during the summer. The owner realizes that people are apprehensive about getting out due to the increase in COVID cases recently.

The owner Linda White says, “I know that some people are really scared and apprehensive about getting out, but I feel like they have been cooped up for a while and everybody’s getting ready to get out and have a good time, they’re gonna come out and have lots of fun. They’re gonna enjoy the festival, we’ve got from the parade to the speed-eating contest, to the bicycle races, there’s just something for everybody.”

The event is happening next to the Union Parish Courthouse on North Washington and East Bayou Street and is going to be going until 2 PM on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

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