With over a dozen sponsors, The California Watermelon Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community and supporting local businesses. Their proceeds not only help other non-profit entities like The Sunland Tujunga Lions Club, but they also help fund the next year’s Watermelon Festival. In fact, The 55th Annual Watermelon Festival took place on July 29th and 30th, catching many by surprise who have never heard of it. As one of the most influential events in the San Fernando Valley, this spectacular event took place at the Hansen Dam Soccer Complex, putting the lessor-known city of Sylmar on the map.
The Watermelon Festival is an event that thousands look forward to—and not just for the FREE handouts of the sweet and healthy treat. The festival is jam-packed with activities, live music, freebies, vendors, a mariachi band, and other various types of entertainment for the entire family. For 12 hours (open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), families can enjoy a full day of interactive activities and fun – from watermelon skiing to devouring an enticing watermelon pizza. Yes, watermelon pizza exists! The Culinary Pavilion will teach you all things possible when cooking with watermelon, such as watermelon salsa, rind slaw, and candied watermelon bacon.
If you’re a competitive player, and the old carnie games and regular watermelon activities aren’t enough, then perhaps the “Watermelon Games” are what you’re looking for. Setup in tournament style, your team of three will participate in a series of six games, including tug-of-war, a chariot race, and even an iron man race. If you preferred to stay clean, cool and remain a spectator, then you could even enjoy watching Ron Sarchian try to break his previous world records of “Most Watermelons Smashed by a Punch In One Minute,” and many more.
The Watermelon Festival is undoubtedly a key attraction during the summer months and shouldn’t be missed. While tickets are free for children under 3 years old, they are $7 for kids ranging from 3 to 12 years old, and $12 for everyone over 12 years old. Don’t let this stop you though. You can easily find complimentary tickets beforehand at various local businesses that participate as vendors for the festival. What’s even more impressive is that each of the vendors are notable businesses, locally known for their top quality, stellar service and amazing products. From leather goods, to local produce, The Watermelon Festival accomplishes a small-town feel by including undiscovered local vendors and making them a part of the entire experience. In fact, the vendors play a vital role in making the festival happen each year.
What’s more, the festival is centered on the summer staple, where volunteers and organizers dress in watermelon attire, display extensive watermelon décor, and implement melons into as many activities as possible.
Though you may not have heard of it, The California Watermelon Festival is inarguably an experience to look forward to for those who love the refreshing fruit, and anyone else looking for great low-cost summer fun. You can learn more about the festival and when it returns in 2018 here.
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