Rush Springs Watermelon Festival

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Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Jeff Davis Park
Rush Springs, OK 73082

Phone: 580-476-3103
Fax: 580-476-2443
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Held each year on the second Saturday in August, the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival celebrates the local crop of watermelons with watermelon-themed activities, carnival rides and plenty of old-fashioned, family friendly entertainment for all. The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, held continuously since 1948, has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Oklahoma, attracting over 20,000 visitors each year and serving upwards of 50,000 pounds of juicy, ripe melon to festival-goers.

Celebrate local acres of black diamond, royal sweet and other varieties of watermelon with ...

Held each year on the second Saturday in August, the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival celebrates the local crop of watermelons with watermelon-themed activities, carnival rides and plenty of old-fashioned, family friendly entertainment for all. The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, held continuously since 1948, has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Oklahoma, attracting over 20,000 visitors each year and serving upwards of 50,000 pounds of juicy, ripe melon to festival-goers.

Celebrate local acres of black diamond, royal sweet and other varieties of watermelon with all-day entertainment and free watermelon in the afternoon on Saturday. Other festivities include a seed-spitting contest, an arts and craft fair featuring over 100 vendors, carnival rides, live entertainment, stage shows, watermelon exhibits and more. Snack on tasty concessions from on-site food vendors, or browse through rows of classic cars, motorcycles and trucks in the festival's annual antique car and motorcycle show while sipping a glass of cool lemonade.

Attend the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival on Thursday and Friday evenings for the annual Rush Springs Rodeo. Grab a seat in the stands and enjoy action-packed rodeo events and a calf scramble at nearby Rusty Acres Arena.  A parade will also be held Friday evening at 5pm. The carnival runs Thursday and Friday 7-10pm. Get a wristband for the best deal on rides both evenings.   

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-81

  • Projected Attendance: 20,000

Primary Contact:

Renee Hoover-Payton

Group Contact:

Rhonda Pathway

Event Contact:

Mike Zurline

Media Contact:

Jamie Beard




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/10/15

Erin and Haley, we hope you were able to get your question answered! In the future, the quickest way to contact the event coordinator is by calling the phone number at the top of this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Erin on 08/08/15

Are dogs allowed at the festival? Leashed of course


From Haley on 08/07/15

Is it going on tonight?


From owner on 08/07/15

The carnival is all day Saturday. It started off Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 and will run all day Saturday.


From Cecilia on 08/07/15

Is the carnival not going on sat also? If not, what's happening on Saturday?


From owner on 08/06/15

The wristbands for this years is $25.00 and it is Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 10:00pm. The parade is Friday at 5:00pm. The Rodeo is Thursday and Friday starting at 8:00 pm. The Festival is all day Saturday starting with the 5-k run at 7:30. Opening ceremonies start at 9:00am. Arts and craft, Car & Tractor show, seed spitting contest, music, food and much more all day. Come enjoy the day.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/06/15

Vicki, the opening ceremony will begin on Saturday at 9am, and there will be watermelons available. You can see the full list of events by clicking 'View 2015 Schedule of Events' on the right side of this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Vicki on 08/06/15

Do you know what time it opens on Saturday and are there watermelons to buy and take with you.


From Lucy on 08/06/15

I called, 580-476-3103. They said, arm bands are for Thursday and Friday from 6-10pm only, no arm bands on Saturday.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/06/15

Penny, the arm band cost is not listed on their website, so you'll need to speak to the event coordinator by calling 580-476-3103. The free watermelon slices will be given out on Saturday at 4pm. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From penny richardson on 08/05/15

What is the cost of the arm bands for the carnival rides? And do they give free watermelon on friday?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/28/15

Tom, your best bet for that information is to speak to the event coordinator by calling 580-476-3103. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From tom butler on 07/28/15

Does anyone have a idea how much watermelons cost. Would be interested in buying about 10. Will probable be down that way on the 8th. Thank you .


From lokman albarwari on 06/25/15

As I see the watermelon is great there , a good kind , can I come there and by one or two watermelons in the day of the festival . With respect ,


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/17/15

Cliff, the Rush Springs Rodeo will be held August 7-8 at 8pm at the Rusty Acres Arena on Highway 81. For more information, please click the orange website button at the top of this page or call 580-476-3103. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From cliff goodman on 06/16/15

i was in a carshow there,several years ago and had a great time btw i won,in truck class. i need info about the rodeo this year. thanks for any help.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/12/15

Faith, for vendor information, please use the phone number, email address or website listed at the top of this page to reach the event coordinator. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Faith Finl on 06/11/15

Do you have crafts booths at this watermelon fest. I make one of a kind western jewelry ,natural stone701-290-4217--Wyennwood OK.


From owner on 04/01/15

Yvette, We use Joe Lujan Great Plains from Rush Springs. They are great and have been with us I think over 15 years. He is usually booked by us in September after the August event because he is so busy. If you would like to call me I'll give you his number. 580-476-3103 Renee


From Yvette Livesay on 03/23/15

my name is Yvette Livesay from the Valliant Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber was thinking of having carnival rides this year and was wondering who you use for your rides. Thank you Yvette


From owner on 02/07/15

Arts & Crafts Vendors contact: watermelonvendors@gmail.com Food Vendors (limited to local non-profit) mrshooverpayton@hotmail.com Entertainment: mrshooverpayton@hotmail.com General: mrshooverpayton@hotmail.com


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/26/15

For vendor information, please use the phone number, email address or website listed at the top of this page to reach the event coordinator. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From donnetta Loyd on 01/23/15

I would like information on being part of your craft vendors. Thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/06/14

Deb, unfortunately we don't have any additional information on the rodeo, but the event organizers will be able to help you with that. Please give them a call at 580-476-3103. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Deb Maxon on 08/06/14

Any information about the rodeo would be appreciated? Cost? Location? Times? Youth entrants events? Thanks


From Renee Hoover Payton on 07/17/14

Sherry there is a campground at Lake Taylor and two rv campgrounds one is owned by David Dennis And wife Sharon contact number is 580-641-0088


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/17/14

Sherry, absolutely! There are three RV campgrounds near the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. To see their locations, select 'Campgrounds within 15 miles' under the map feature on this page. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sherry Jenkins on 07/17/14

Papa used to take us to the festival every year , haven't been in over twenty years, lots of us planning on coming this year and bringing our kids! Any ideas were we could get a group of rvs parked together ?


From DeAnna Jaime on 07/13/14

Can any one tell me were or who in rush springs that a.person who growing watermelons perferd, grower on a farm.


From Steve Sorell on 03/26/14

attended this festval many years ago and now hope to attend one with my wife some day as she loves to eat watermellon as well. Also the yellow watermellon I ate at the festival was the best I have ever had and can't find it anywhere here in Wyoming


From tray Wayne on 08/10/13

Went to the watermelon festival today..Stopped and bought melons from 2 different people on the way out of town. Both were no good. I managed to eat part of one and the other is not even ripe...it was supposed to be an orangeglo but had a pale yellow color..not even ripe !


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/29/13

Russ, if you're looking for RV campgrounds, there are some available at Taylor Lake. Also, a little further out, there are sites at Lake Humphreys and Clear Creek Lake. If you're interested in parking somewhere near the festival, please give the event organizers a call at 580-476-3519. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/29/13

Cliff, you can reach the event organizers by calling 580-476-3519. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Russ on 07/27/13

Any place to park an RV ??


From Would love to go to watermelon festival this tear on 07/27/13

would love to go to watermelon festival this year been along time sence I was there.


From cliff quinby on 07/27/13

Could someone let me know the number to call as a vendor thanks


From Mark Hungerford on 07/23/13

My dad lived in rush springs as a kid, and his mom lived their up untill her death in the 70's,I rode my bike in the parade more than once, Jeff Davis park , is a great park with spring water piped in at a central point in the park, it runs constantly , and all the free water melon you can eat! GREAT people too boot! Watermelon show, prizes for biggest , heaviest , best looking, etc! GOOD time for all ! SEE YOU THERE !


 
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