The City of De Leon will kick off it’s 102nd annual Peach and Melon Festival with a Queen Candidates Tea on Tuesday, August 2, with the De Leon Study Club.

Festival spokesperson, Emily Royall – whose father, Eric Royall is chairman of the event, says, “We expect to have between 20,000-40,000 attendees this year. There are events every day from that opening tea, all the way through Golden Saturday. Golden Saturday is held downtown from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at which time everything moves back out to the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival Grounds.”

There’s something for everyone including dancing to Texas Country Swing band Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys from 8 p.m. to midnight on August 4th, and the Tejas Brothers, the next night starting at 9 p.m.

Also, there's a street parade at 7 p.m. and a kids tractor pull at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, and adult tractor pulls on Friday and Saturday.

Admission to the grounds is two cans of non-perishable food or $3.00, and cover charge to dance is $10.

For more information, visit or call 254-893-6600.