It’s almost that time of year again where all watermelon lovers gather for some food, fun and music at the City of Alamo’s 5th Annual Watermelon Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, May 13th from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Alamo’s Central Park, this year’s festival will bring back all of your favorite watermelon-inspired festivities, kiddie rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, beer garden and a lineup of great musical artists.
The Musical Lineup
Remember to bring your dancing shoes for the biggest musical lineup at this year’s Watermelon Festival! Musical talent includes:
- Christopher Marshall Band
- Jimmy Gonzalez
- Los Garcia Brothers
- Whiskey D. – Texas Outlaw Music band Whiskey D. is often compared to the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others. With high-energy performances and a classic rock sound, Whiskey D. has captivated audiences from all over Texas. It’s performed with high profile artists such as Kevin Fowler, Mark Chesnutt, Pat Green, The Randy Rogers Band and many more. These five seasoned veterans of the Texas music scene know how to get any party started!
- Los Palominos – Originally from Uvalde, Texas, Los Palominos has broken international boundaries and conquered audiences in the United States and Mexico. The four Arreola brothers were inspired by their father, who was also a musician. In 1989, members of La Mafia opened an array of doors through a music demo. This launched Los Palominos into stardom that’s awarded them gold and platinum awards, and three Grammys. Constantly evolving, Los Palominos continues to write, produce and create memorable music that captivates audiences to this day.
Good ol’ Competitions
Here’s what you can look forward to at this year’s event:
- Watermelon Eating Contest – Love watermelon? Try to finish one as fast as you can!
- Seed Spitting Competition – Participants register to see who can spit their watermelon seeds the furthest! Fun and messy, it’s no simple feat!
- Barbeque Cook-off – Teams compete for the best barbeque. The winner receives $6,000.
For more information on the Annual Watermelon Festival and BBQ Cook-off, read more tips here or call the Alamo Parks and Recreation Department at 956.787.6699.
About the Festival
When creating this festival, the City of Alamo wanted to capture the essence of the Rio Grande Valley’s agricultural history. During the 1940s and 1950s, Alamo was a shipping point for vegetables and citrus fruits. One prominent fruit had a large patch near the city’s Wal-Mart. Watermelons eventually grew into the festival’s focal point, gaining popularity across South Texas since its start in 2013. Since then, attendance has grown from 3,000 to more than 5,000.
Be a Part of Something Big
Alamo is becoming one of the Valley’s most vibrant areas with numerous festivals and attractions. With prime real estate locations for your business, a 119,480 daily traffic count and a $500 million retail potential within a 10-minute radius, your business can call Alamo home! Contact the Alamo EDC at 956.787.6622 to find out what we can do for you!