66TH ANNUAL WATERMELON FESTIVAL! ~ June 4 – June 18
June is the home to the ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival. Originally the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival is enjoying going into its 66th year of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL. Below is an illustration of the events taking place during the 66th Annual Watermelon Festival.
June 4, Watermelon Pageants
June 10, Kickoff Dinner, Bed Race, and Rodeo
June 11, Rodeo
June 16, Woman’s Club Fashion Show
June 17, Rotary Barbecue, Street Dance & Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts
June 18, FMB Breakfast, Antique Car Show, Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts, Parade & Festival
Just 5 miles from Interstate 10, The Award Winning 1872 John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant circa 1870′s restoration – this thirteen room early Victorian Mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant cotton trader. It has eight fireplaces, many period antiques, an acre of restored grounds and a cuppola on top.
Walk our beautiful small town with friendly shops and home- grown restaurants. Enjoy gorgeous canopy road drives under huge oaks, as well as;
- Antique and Junque Shopping
- Art Galleries
- Beautiful Historic walking/driving tour,
- Lakes and Rivers
- Kayaking and Canoeing
- Birding Areas
- Hiking Trails
- Watermelon Festival
- Performing Theater
- Winery, and
- Many Bicycling Trails.
- Or just sit on the wonderful front porch or veranda and listen to the fountain and birds sing.