2017 Watermelon Festival – Event Photos

Real Country 92.3 FM is proud to be a part of the 2017 Franklin County Watermelon Festival in Russellville!  Below are some event photos and information about the festival.

 

 

 

The Real Country Renegade at setup on Friday afternoon

 

Vendors getting set up on Jackson Avenue on Friday before opening

 

Getting set up in our control booth on Friday.  What a view of the stage!

 

Soundcheck on Friday afternoon

 

The 2017 Franklin County Watermelon Festival officially begins!

 

Passing around trays of FREE watermelon

 

What it’s all about!

 

Friday evening crowd on Jackson Avenue looking South

 

Friday evening crowd on Jackson Avenue looking north

 

The Roxy Theater with her marquee lit up

 

First Born Sons on the Stage Friday

 

First Born Sons on the Stage Friday

 

First Born Sons on the Stage Friday… rocking the Telecaster!

 

First Born Sons on the Stage Friday

 

First Born Sons on the Stage Friday

 

Crowd listening to First Born Sons

 

Saturday is starting early for us at the Franklin County Watermelon Festival! We got here early to set up our PA system to provide music for the watermelon contests at the First Baptist Church Park, corner of Washington and Lauderdale in Russellville. Come by from 11am to 1pm to find out who wins the largest, best dressed, best tasting, and most unusual watermelons!

 

Set up and ready to roll out the Real Country for the folks coming to the park in a couple of hours!

 

Great view of the park.  Thanks to First Baptist Church, Russellville for letting us use their electricity for our PA system.  The church is directly behind me in this shot.

 

Getting set up to cut and serve the free watermelons on Saturday morning!  Photo courtesy Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

Soon to be consumed… Photo courtesy Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

As we prepare for the watermelon contests, the car show is going on down the street, on Jackson Avenue South.  Photo courtesy Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

The watermelons are ready to be served!

 

The best slice of watermelon I ever ate.

 

Part of the crowd eating melon and waiting for the awards to be announced

 

Watermelon critters

 

The watermelon is being served in the tent, while the weighing-in of the “Biggest Watermelon” entries is taking place on the right

 

The weigh-in crowd

 

If I remember correctly, the watermelon closest to the camera weighed in at 230 pounds!

 

The huge crowd listening to Aaron Tippin in downtown Russellville. Photo courtesy Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

Aaron Tippin performing at the festival Saturday night!  Photo courtesy Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Real Country 92.3 FM wants to thank the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for having us at the 2017 Watermelon Festival!  We had a blast, and it has been one of the most enjoyable, well-run events we’ve ever been to.  We also want to thank the other sponsors, the City of Russellville, city workers, emergency responders, volunteers, vendors, and especially YOU for making the event a great success.

Goodnight from Russellville… and have a safe trip home!