Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Is Aug. 12

One of largest festivals in Oklahoma makes a great last fling for summertime. J.T. Smith

Published on: Jul 11, 2013

With the arrival of August is typically sizzling heat in the Southwest. There's no better way to enjoy one last fling of summer than one of the most popular and largest events in Oklahoma on Saturday, Aug. 10. How sweet it is.

(Originally published July 18, 2006) Rush Springs, Okla., a community of perhaps 1,300 residents, welcomes an additional 25,000 to 35,000 festival guests each year. The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival is held on the second Saturday in August at the height of the Oklahoma watermelon harvest.

Rush Springs is located on Highway 81 in southern Grady County, in south central Oklahoma between Chickasha and Duncan. The festival is held in Jeff Davis Park, located on East Blakely (Main Street).

The favorite of the day, of course, will be "watermelon" sold by the slice after the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. for only 50 cents during the day, and later, slices served free starting during 4 p.m. festivities until all the melon is gone.

More than 50,000 pounds of watermelon will be eaten during just a day notes Karen Goodwin from the Rush Springs Gazette. Both admission and parking to the daylong event is free. The festival will feature a wide variety of almost continual music throughout the day with many entertainers, along with a seed spitting contest, and awards for winning watermelons in their respective categories at 5 p.m.