JESSICA HORTON Staff Writer
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go on over and check out the 92nd annual Peach and Melon Festival in De Leon. With a tractor pull every night, a seed-spitting contest, a 42-tournament, and two different dances, there is a little something for everyone.
On Tuesday, the festival kicked off with the crowning of the “Little Miss” and Peach and Melon Queen; and Wednesday was the street parade.
Tonight and Friday, there will be tractor pulls beginning at 7 p.m. at the tractor pull arena, with a dance on Friday evening starting at 9 p.m. The dance on Friday will be a Spanish dance featuring Conjunto Ambicion on the main festival stage.
Saturday morning starts off early with registration for the 14th annual Melon Patch Tour bike ride beginning at 7 a.m. at the Senior Citizens’ Complex. There are different routes from eight, 29, 42, and 71-miles long. With the different routes there’s something for the first time rider all the way to the advanced.
At 8 a.m., there will be a sanctioned 42-tournament in the city auditorium, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Golden Saturday Fair will be held downtown. At the fair, there will be an antique car and tractor show, lots of food vendors, and arts and crafts booths. At 10 a.m. there will be an ex-students’ meeting at the elementary school for all those De Leon alumni.
Around noon, head down to the Senior Citizens’ Complex for the spaghetti lunch, which will be open to the public. But by 3 p.m. be sure you make it to Main Street for the Watermelon Seed Spitting contest sponsored by the De Leon Free Press. Following the seed spitting, there will be free watermelon slices given out to the public.
There will be another tractor pull on Saturday night in the tractor pull arena beginning at 7 p.m. At the main festival stage, the Calvin Milburn Band will be featured at the annual Peach and Melon Festival dance from 9 p.m. until the crowning and presentation of Miss De Leon at 10:30 p.m. The dance will continue at 11:30.