Family Fun at the Annual Franklin Watermelon Festival

The Franklin Farmers Market will host its annual Franklin Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 19th from 8am-1pm. Market sponsor, Williamson Medical Center, is hosting what is sure to be the highlight of your weekend as we celebrate summer’s favorite treat. Williamson Medical Center is an invaluable partner for our market, providing not only medical care for our farmers and customers, but wellness programs and classes to help us make the best healthy food choice, such as watermelon. At the Franklin Watermelon Festival, our local farmers will have the best of their watermelon crops ready for tasting, and customers will have their chance to guess the weight of the largest watermelon ever grown!

The Watermelon Eating Contest is the most favorite kid and adult event of the year!

We are so very grateful for the support of Williamson Medical Center and what they mean to our local community 24/7 all year long! Pictured from left to right is Paul Bolin, Chief Financial Officer; Julie Miller, Chief Operating Officer; Stephanie Clark, Director of Marketing and Business Development; and Lori Orme, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer, F.A.C.H.E.






Our produce farmers have carefully tended the watermelons in the field in preparation of this annual event and they tell us that this year is a record year for delicious watermelons. Colbert Farm, Delvin Farms and Kirkview Farm will have watermelons ripe and ready for tasting, seed spitting, carving and more.

Fun events include a seed-spitting contest for adults and kids beginning at 9:30am, watermelon eating contest beginning at 9:30am for kids and 10:30 for adults. There will also be a kids activity area with face painting and games for fun for the whole family. For a special treat, the Leiper’s Fork carving club will be carving beautiful creations from watermelons. Come out to see the amazing artwork and marvel at the unique designs.






Big and Juicy Sweet Watermelon from Colbert Farm, Delvin Farms and Kirkview Farm

Our vendors and local farmers are joining in the fun celebration in their own way. Padrino’s Pops will have watermelon pops, Belle Springs will have watermelon lemonade and Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts will have a special red donut that is sure to be superb. Join us from 8-1pm Saturday August 27th for a fun celebration to see what other vendors have prepared for the Watermelon Festival.

The Franklin Watermelon Festival is more than just celebrating the best of summer. It is a fun, family friendly event celebrating all that is good about our community farmers market, from wonderful market sponsors such as Williamson Medical Center, to our loyal customers who support our farmers every week, rain or shine.

The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm behind the Factory in Franklin, TN. The market is a 15 yr old producers only market with the largest assembly of local farmers providing fresh farm food all year long each Saturday morning. Find us at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory. Visit us online at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest market news.

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