Watermelon Festivals in DeRidder, Louisiana

by Janet Hunt

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.

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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.

Games

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.

Events

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.

Entertainment

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.

About the Author

Janet Hunt has worked in the insurance industry for more than 15 years. Now serving in online marketing, she also has expertise in business and finance topics. Hunt received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Hunt has also worked as a food services manager for a high school cafeteria and received her school nutrition certification in 2002.

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