Family Fun at the Annual Franklin Watermelon Festival

The Franklin Farmers Market will host its annual Franklin Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 24th from 8am-1pm. Market sponsor, AlphaGraphics of Franklin, is hosting what is sure to be the highlight of your weekend as we celebrate summer’s favorite treat.  AlphaGraphics of Franklin is an invaluable partner for the Franklin Farmers market, providing Print and Marketing Solutions to Franklin and Middle Tennessee including new market signage for 2019. Visit their booth at the front of the market shed during the Franklin Watermelon Festival and pick up a pack of our new 2019 recipe cards featuring produce and meat from our farmers. 

We greatly appreciate AlphaGraphics of Franklin as a new market sponsor this year. They’ve supported our community market with new signage and printing of the new recipe cards and so much more! Congrats on consistently being one of the top ten largest AlphaGraphics in the USA!

At the Franklin Watermelon Festival, local farmers will have the best of their watermelon crops ready for tasting, and customers will have their chance to win the watermelon-eating contest. 

Franklin Farmers Market farmers have carefully tended the watermelons in the field in preparation of this annual event and they tell us that this year looks to be a record year for delicious watermelons. Colbert Farms, Delvin Farms, and Kirkview Farm will have watermelons ripe and ready for tasting, watermelon carving and more. 

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

Market 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 in the fun from 8-1pm Saturday, August 24th for a fun celebration to see what other market vendors have prepared for the Watermelon Festival. 

The Leipers Fork Carving Club always provides the best Carving Entertainment this side of the Mississippi River.

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 AlphaGraphics of Franklin to loyal customers who support the 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 16-year-old producers-only market with the largest assembly of TN farmers providing fresh farm food all year long each Saturday morning. Find them at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory. Visit online at or follow on Facebook and Instagram for the latest market news.

Enjoy this new Watermelon Festival Reicpe prepared by Chef Michael Martin of South Fork Catering.

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