Deridder, Louisiana, a quaint town of 10,000 located in Beauregard Parish, is nestled in the rolling timberlands of Southwest Louisiana, and offers much to visitors with its Southern hospitality and Cajun charm. Deridder folks love their crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya. However, nothing can quite top those world-famous Sugartown watermelons on a hot summer's day. Sugartown watermelons, grown in Beaurgard Parish, are boasted as the sweetest watermelon you will ever taste.
Location and Ticket Prices
The Beauregard Parish Watermelon Festival is a yearly three-day event held at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in Deridder, Louisiana, every year during late June. The annual event draws a crowd of approximately 2,000 with fun and food, particularly, watermelons. The 2011 event begins on June 23 at 5 p.m. At the time of publication, tickets are Thursday through Friday, $3 for adults, and $2 for kids; and Saturday, $5 for adults, and $3 kids. On June 23, admission is free for active military personnel with a current ID.
If you plan on traveling to Deridder for the watermelon festival, get there early to take advantage of all there is to do. You can take a helicopter ride, watch a lumberjack show, buy crafts, and enter the watermelon-eating or seed-spitting contest. The kids will love the puppet shows, rides, livestock show, and the kids' game tent. There is a rabbit show and a guitar competition.
In conjunction with the annual Beauregard Parish Watermelon Festival, the Beauregard Christian Womens' Job Corps holds a 5k run/walk & kids fun run. Medals are awarded to male and female winners of each age division. Registration for the walk is $18 for adults and $10 for children.
Live entertainment and music will be held each day with featured performers including Louisiana Scramble Band, Jo-El Sonnier, Danny Collet, Louisiana Kids, Bernie Allen, and Hanna Austin. Also, get your seat in time for the Barney Fife impersonator. Also performing will be various gospel artists.
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