Since 1977. The modern day Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including Arts and Crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. Nearly 300 Arts and Crafts booths will be set up at the festival grounds. The festival also features dozens of food booths, serving everything from burgers and corn dogs. Local civic clubs also hold dinners featuring such down-home fare as locally grown smoked chicken and golden fried catfish. The Watermelon Festival features a variety of musical talent each year. Enjoy a 5K race, take in a dog show, enter the "Watermelon Idol" talent contest or play "hillbilly horseshoes". The Watermelon Olympics will also be held, pitting local teams against each other in such events as the melon- toss. There's also an antique car show, an antique engine show and a volleyball tournament. The festival also features a number of melon-oriented events such as the seed- spitting contest and the Watermelon eating contest.