The Franklin Farmers Market hosted its annual Franklin Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 18th presented by Market sponsor, AlphaGraphics of Franklin. The annual festival grows larger every year, and this year the Franklin Farmers Market had large crowds to celebrate the most popular fruit of summer. Fun events included free face painting for kids, watermelon eating contest and games for the whole family. Visit this link to our website photo gallery for all pictures of the Watermelon Festival.
One of the most popular contests of the day is the watermelon-eating contest. Adults and kids get their own contest and eagerly participate for bragging rights on who can eat a piece of watermelon the fastest (with hands behind their back, of course).
The winners of the 2018 Kids Watermelon Eating Contest are:
1st Place- Shamarion Cooksey
2nd Tristan Brown
3rd Place Rylee Poplin
Last year’s first place winner in the adult contest returned this year to defend his title and he won again! Congratulations Timothy Malone!
The winners of the 2018 Adult Watermelon Eating Contest are:
1st Place- Timothy Malone
3rd Place- Jessica Edwards
To help us celebrate the watermelon even more, the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club carved beautiful and unique creations from watermelons in a matter of minutes! It was truly amazing to see what they could do with an ordinary watermelon and customers enjoyed learning more about their artwork.
The Franklin Farmers Market vendors and local farmers joined in the fun celebration in their own way. Padrino’s Pops quickly sold out of their famous watermelon pops, and Belle Springs Lemonade wowed the crowd with their handmade watermelon lemonade with melons sourced from the farmers. By 11am Delvin Farms had given away 300 watermelon samples along with market Chef Michael Martin of South Fork Catering who gave hundreds of free watermelon samples to the many customers who attended the festival. The Franklin Watermelon Festival ends the summer with a bang!
The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm behind the Factory in Franklin, TN. The market is a 16yr 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 www.franklinfarmersmarket.com or follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram for the latest market news. Visit this link to our website photo gallery for all photos of this years 2018 Franklin Watermelon Festival.