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Peach and Melon Festival returns Aug. 6

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 2019 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, Petite and Junior Miss DeLeon leading up to the selection of the queen at 9 p.m.

The celebration continues on Wednesday 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. on the festival grounds. The queen coronation will happen the same time

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.

Wednesday will also be the return of the Triple T Amusement Carnival on Festival Grounds. (It will open at 6 p.m. every night through Saturday.)

Walt Wilkins will take the festival stage on Aug. 8 with entry costing $10 per person.

The Aug. 9 festivities will include tractor pulls at the arena at 7:30 p.m. The festival stage will host a DJ and karaoke at 8 p.m.

All these events lead up to the showcase Golden Saturday on Aug. 10 hosted by the DeLeon Chamber of Commerce.

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

At 8 a.m., DeLeon will show off some domino skills with a 42 tournament at the City Hall auditorium.

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.

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 the gospel music of Jim and Beverly Pool fills the festival stage at 7 p.m.

Matt Hillyer and Phil Pritchett will also take the stage at 9 p.m. with entry costing $10 per person.

The stage also has the distinction of being where Miss DeLeon will be presented at 10 p.m. concluding the 2018 festivities.

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