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Wally the Watermelon gives a thumbs up to his new costume.
The Melons are coming!

Here's the skinny on this weekend's big downtown bash!

Who: Watermelon Festival
What: Pageland’s annual party
When: July 19, July 20, starting at noon each day and ending at 11 p.m. 
Where: Downtown Pageland
What’s familiar: This year’s festival will have a watermelon eating contest, a parade with marching bands and beauty queens, all staples since the first festival of July 21, 1951.