Newberry Watermelon Festival slated for May 18

The annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held at CountryWay Town Square on Saturday.
The annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held at CountryWay Town Square on Saturday.
Photo by Suzette Cook

The 79th annual Newberry Watermelon Festival is slated for Saturday, May 18, in the CountryWay Town Square.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1739 SW 248th Dr. in Newberry.

The schedule of events starts at 9 a.m. with the gates opening to the public.

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The parade lineup will be at 10 a.m. with the parade starting in downtown Newberry at 10:30 a.m.

Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe will make an announcement at 11 a.m. followed by the first watermelon seed spitting and the pet pageant at 11:30 a.m.

At noon, the introduction of the queen contestants begins, followed by the crowning of the Watermelon Queen at 12:30 p.m.

Games will follow the naming of the Watermelon Queen and will include a seed-spitting contest, watermelon roll and more.

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