Grand Bay Getting Down With Melons!


GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) – It’s been a Fourth of July tradition for more than 40 years. The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is in full swing with family fun for a ll ages and of course… watermelons!

“It’s good,” a girl said as she bit into her watermelon.

It’s good… Those two words sum up all that is right about eating cold watermelon on a hot day and there was a lot of that going on at the Grand Bay watermelon festival.

“Excellent. It’s real sweet and good. Amazing.”


The Watermelon Festival is a Fourth of July Tradition in Grand Bay that goes back more than four decades. It’s true family fun with all kinds of activities for the kids. They were feeding pigs, riding ponies and just generally having a good time. Watermelon Queen Anne Marie Thornton certainly enjoyed her big day.

“I’ve had a couple of people take pictures with me so it’s exciting. I feel like a local celebrity,” Thorton told us. “It’s a lot of fun. And it’s really cool because I represent Grand Bay in a way.”

There were also Arts and Crafts, and plenty of food, but of course the biggest draw is the free watermelon. Volunteers chopped away so everyone could get their fill.

“Eating plenty of watermelon and having fun,” what volunteer said as he sliced away.

That’s certainly what the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is all about.

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