Sweet fun: Carytown Watermelon Festival wraps up in Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For 36 years, thousands of folks descend upon Cary Street to celebrate all things watermelon – and this year was no different.

The 36th Annual Watermelon Festival has ended, but for one Sunday in August, watermelons take over Cary Street.

Held in Carytown from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, Richmonders enjoyed all the sights and sounds of the annual festival.

8News spoke with people who came to enjoy Sunday’s vendors, live music and of course, watermelon!

“Eat a bunch of watermelons, enjoy all the great food they’re cooking today, and just enjoy ourselves and have a nice family day and just enjoy ourselves,” said David Hayden who attended the festival with his son. 

One person who spoke with 8News said they have enjoyed coming to the festival for the last six years.

Ankit Mathur

“I think it’s a really great time for the entire community to get together and check out all these great vendors and hang out with friends and family,” said Ankit Mathur.

Thousands of visitors and four-legged furry friends pack Cary, all for a bite of that delicious fruit. 

“I actually really enjoy coming out here and seeing all the people, all the dogs, all the kids, and really just seeing everybody having a great time,” Mathur said. 

In the Kid Zone, dozens waited patiently, as their faces were painted, walking away with a unicorn. 

As one young festival-goer said: “There’s never such thing as too much watermelon!”

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