Peach & Melon Festival returns Aug. 8 - Aug. 12

Since 1914, DeLeon has been hosting a festival to celebrate the town heritage and its history with peaches and watermelons, and this year promises to be just as exciting as years past.

The 103rd annual Peach & Melon Festival will kick off on Tuesday with the annual pageant. Judges will meet contestants for the Queen Candidates Tea at the DeLeon Study Club at 3 p.m.

The official pageantry will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the festival stage with the selection of Little Miss DeLeon leading up to the selection of the Queen at 9:30 p.m.

The celebration continues on Wednesday with an event fit for any harvest celebration as 4-H students will compete in a cake contest at 11 a.m. at the festival stage, followed by peach desserts competition at noon and a fruit contest at 1 p.m. 

At 7 p.m., downtown DeLeon will be lined with onlookers for the annual street parade. 

This will be followed by a Kiddie Tractor Pull at 8:30 p.m. at the tractor pull arena. The night will end with a chance for farmers to show off their prize produce at the melon auction at 9 p.m. on the festival stage.

The festival stage will also display live music at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 as Kenny Ortz will thrill the crowd. 

Wednesday will also be the return of the Talley Amusement Carnival on Festival Grounds, opening at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 12.

The Aug. 11 festivities will include tractor pulls at the arena at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. A Spanish dance is also set that night at 9 p.m. on the festival stage.

All these events lead up to the showcase Golden Saturday on Aug. 12 hosted by the DeLeon Chamber of Commerce. 

The Saturday fun begins early with a 5K and 10K “Watermelon Crawl” starting downtown at 7 a.m.

At 8 a.m., DeLeon will show off some domino skills with a 42 tournament at Prado’s Cafe.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chamber invites everyone to stroll through downtown to see DeLeon’s unique main street shops as well as special vendors, exhibitors, food and entertainment.

Also at 10 a.m., old friends will be able to catch up in the Ex-Students Meeting at DeLeon High School, which will also feature a spaghetti lunch open to the public at noon. 

Everyone might want to duck at 1 p.m. as competitors try to go the distance in the annual seed spitting contest on main street. 

Main street will also be the site of a free melon slicing at 3 p.m. for guests who have worked up an appetite. 

At 7:30 p.m., tractor pull events begin, but not before the sounds of gospel and bluegrass music fill the festival stage at 7 p.m. 

The stage also has the distinction of being where Miss DeLeon will be presented at 10:30 p.m. concluding the 2017 festivities.

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