Irrigon Celebrates 40 Years of the Watermelon Festival

On July 27, take a short drive from almost anywhere in the Mid-Columbia to Irrigon, Ore. Bring the family and find something for everyone to enjoy at the Irrigon Watermelon Festival.

In 1984 a group of local ladies wanted to celebrate their community and one of its strongest attributes — watermelon farming. While watermelons aren’t grown much in Irrigon anymore, the town still celebrates the sweetness of the harvest — and, most of all, the community.

There’s nothing better than a sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. And there’s no better time and place to do it than in Irrigon. The hot days and cool nights early in the growing season along the Columbia River give locally grown melons an unusually high sugar content.

This year’s festivities will include breakfast in the park, a downtown parade, all-day live entertainment, kids’ games for all ages, boat rides, firemen’s games, craft vendors and great food.

Rounding out the day with more live music is local boy Wade Aylett and his band at 6:30 p.m., accompanied by a beer garden and followed by a fantastic fireworks display at 10 p.m.

For photos, updates and information, including a parade entry form, visit Irrigon Watermelon Festival on Facebook.