Alamo to host Watermelon Festival celebrating city’s history

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ALAMO — Paying tribute to the watermelon fields that once pervaded the city’s land, the Watermelon Festival this Saturday aims to honor the crop’s contribution to what Alamo is now.

From 3 to 11 p.m., attendees are welcome to the seventh annual festival at the Alamo Central Park. The event will feature a wide range of food and craft vendors, a barbecue cook-off, kiddie rides and a watermelon eating contest.

Last year, the event reaped around 6,000 attendees.

Alamo Parks and Recreation Directors Assistant Steven Vela said people of all ages are welcome to attend the free festival.

“It is a very family friendly event,” Vela said. “Everyone can come and have fun.”

The event will also host performances by Whiskey D., Chris Marshall, Los Musicales and Albert Zamora.

Vela added that the inspiration to start the Watermelon Festival seven years ago was to recognize how most of the land of Alamo used to be watermelon farms.

“Because a while back, H-E-B and Walmart, which are the biggest lots here, were all farms before,” Vela said. “… While thinking of a theme, community members thought of how city hall used to be a watermelon field.”

This year, the city is prepared with over 500 watermelons for the festival.

“Everyone can come on Saturday and enjoy free watermelon slices,” Vela said. “We don’t run out, we never run out.”

IF YOU GO 

2019 WATERMELON FESTIVAL

The seventh annual event will feature food and craft vendors, a barbecue cook-off, children’s rides, and a watermelon eating contest. Live music will be provided by Whiskey D., Chris Marshall, Los Musicales and Albert Zamora.

WHEN 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Central Park, Alamo

COST Free