Watermelon Festival

The Clyde Watermelon Festival, an annual event for over 110 years, began when watermelons were a choice crop on sandy, river bottom land and could be easily shipped out by rail. Hundreds of people gather every Labor Day weekend for the festival parade, BBQs, demolition derby, dances, contests, games, and socializing.


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Gorgeous sunset on the first night of 2012 festivities.
Clyde Mayor Terry Koch presented a granite paver to recently retired volunteer firefighter Dave Jones during the 2012 Watermelon Festival.  Jones had served as fire chief for 27 years.
Paparazzi Jewelry Booth at 2012 Watermelon Festival, Dixie Barnes consultant.  Assisting with the booth are Dixe's daughter Becky Sikes, her mom, Opal Thompson, and oldest granddaughter, Regan Ryser.
Batman and Batman.
Susie and Jim LeDuc with grandkids. Some adopted. ;)
Didn't waste one bite.
A picture that wraps up the FUN of the 2012 Clyde Watermelon Festival!
Pretty excited for a blue ribbon.
Marriage Proposal at the Clyde Watermelon Festival Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2011
Lauren Debes and Jennifer Terrell sharing an umbrella waiting for the Parade.
Tanna and Jack Debes enjoying the 2011 parade.
3rd Annual Fried Chicken Dinner sponsored by the Guardians of the St. Joseph Church Foundation

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