DON WORTHINGTON/Progressive Journal editor
From one end of Pageland to the other, watermelons are making their way to center stage for the annual Watermelon Festival. These melons, grown by Mack Nicholson and on sale at Johnson Produce, are just the tip of the iceberg. No one knows exactly how many melons will play a part at the annual event.

Pageland’s Watermelon Festival opens Friday at 3 p.m. with its traditional lineup of events: the parade, the Melon Mile 5K, melon eating and spittin’ contests, amusement rides, a rodeo, car show, and music.
But festival executive director Darron Kirkley says this year’s event is different, even if you can’t see the changes.
This year incudes a new rodeo company, new amusement rides and new bands.