Festival Highlights-Check out what’s happening at the festival all weekend!

Keep up with what’s going on and where it’s happening at the Watermelon Festival. Download info, map, schedule and more straight to your phone here:    Swark.Today 2019 Watermelon Tab

Saturday, August 10

Diamond Rio takes the stage, opening with their 2009 hit, “Unbelievable”


















It’s like just before dark, jump in the car….and head on out to the festival to see DIAMOND RIO live! TONIGHT at  8:30pm on the CMC Stage at Hope Fair Park!










Bears in action! Jr and Sr High Spring Hill Bears giving back to the community at the Watermelon Festival.


















“It’s good to be home,” Wyatt says as he takes the stage in front of his hometown

Excited fans wait in anticipation for Wyatt Putman to perform at 7:00 on the CMC Stage at Hope Fair Park










Kristen Brown, 18, from Hot Springs, AR is the 2019 Watermelon Idol winner!
Watermelon Idol winners: Joshua Kuntz, left, 2nd place Ava Burford, middle, 3rd place Kristen Brown, right, 2019 Watermelon Idol Winner










Watermelon Idol Finalist Jasmine Jacobs is the first to perform



The 2019 Watermelon Idol Finals are underway NOW at the CMC Stage in Hope Fair Park! Stay tuned to see who this year’s Watermelon Idol will be!





Joshua Kuntz







Ava Burford









Kristin Brown








Carl Jackson












Festival Goers enjoy ice cold watermelon sold by the slice under the big tent!










These girls are enjoying their camel ride at the Watermelon Fest!








This little princess made a new friend today at the Hope Watermelon Fest






Taekwondo demonstration







Duck Waddle winner Polly Browning!

Fun in the Kidz Zone!
Pony Rides are a HIT at the 43rd Annual Watermelon Festival!



Watermelon Eating Contest Winners

Age 0-6: 1st Place-Drake Cingolani, 2nd Place Diamond Williams, 3rd Place – Eva Dwawdy
Age group 7-16. 1st place-Timothy Landes, 2nd place-Irelyn Kane, 3rd place-Zach Landes









Adult Category. 1st place-Tynisha White, 2nd place-Whitley Richards, 3rd place-Kimmie Burkhalter
Overall Category. 1st place-Timothy Landes, 2nd place-Tynisha White, 3rd place-Drake Cingolani













Everyone’s a winner at Money in the Haystack! Sponsered by Heather Doucet, State Farm Insurance





Head over to the Big Tent for Ice Cold Watermelon!





Sheriff Singleton defends his title as champion of the Politically Correct Watermelon Earing Contest.


Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest getting underway on Bancorp Stage

Friday, August 9, 2019

The 2019 Watermelon Festival Softball Tournament will be opening at Kelly Field this evening with the induction  of the Southwest Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame Class of  2019.


1st place-Farmers Bank & Trust
2nd place-Victory Baptist Church









3rd place-U of A Hope/Texarkana
Most Spirit – Wadley Regional Medical Center Best Shirt Design – Child Support Enforcement Unit










Final event of the 2019 Watermelon Olympics  under way. The Javelin Toss will determine the overall winner. We will post results later

Watermelon Olympics competitors face off in Lawn Darts Friday afternoon








Southbound Revolver is making some noise down at the BancorpSouth Stage!

Come on down to the BancorpSouth Stage to experience some music and more! And check out the Cricket booth to win some goodies!

Come on down to the BancorpSouth Stage to experience some music and more! And check out the Cricket booth to win some goodies!

Here are your Winners and Losers Brackets! CM took the win during the Losers Bracket. Congratulations to everyone that participated in today’s tournament!!




There’s something for everyone out at the Watermelon Festival. Spend some time shopping and then listen to some more NightHawk before their set is done at 2!

Have you gotten your Watermelon Festival Shirt? If not head to the Coliseum and pick one up today!

Shirt sizes and cost:
Adult Sizes $16
2X & 3X $18

Children’s Shirts
XS $10
S – L $14


If you haven’t got lunch yet head over to the concessions or one of the many food vendors lined up today!

See more about the Watermelon Festival and activities by heading to our website.





Welcome NightHawk to the stage!

Make sure you stop by all the vendors while you wait for our next performers, NightHawk, to go on at 12:30!



Piano Man Jack has a surprise guest appearance…. Piano Mom – Jack’s very own mom!






Piano Man Jack is live!

Come by the Festival today and enjoy some kid-friendly events: Petting Zoo, Kids Zone, Paint the Bus, and more!
Thursday, August 8, 2019 Highlights 
Action Jackson takes the victory over Matt Rivera.
Matt Rivera makes an entrance.

Talk is cheap with the Hope Fest Wrestling!

Historic Washington Vintage Dancers teach some moves to Festival goers.
Stryker and Harris are the first to battle it out!

Anticipation is still building for Wrestling at Hope Fest.

An excited young man waiting for Wrestling to kick off at the Hope Watermelon Festival!
Dabby showing her obedience skills at the Watermelon Festival.
Members of Civitan Club serving up cold slices of watermelon. The group is also hosting the car show Saturday and raffling a set of Klipdch speakers.

MonsterBoy going acoustic on opening night with a cover of Royal. The duo will be plugged in for their Friday performance Friday afternoon.





Watermelon Idols are waiting for the finals on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Finalists include Joshua Kuntz, Ava Bradford, Carl Jackson, Jasmine Jacobs and Kristin Brown. Join us for the showdown right here.












The 43rdAnnual Watermelon Festival has officially kicked off. Beckie invites everyone out to check out the great food and cool drinks and treats.

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