Glendale, AZ, June 03, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Watermelon Festival on June 8 Revives 60-year Old Tradition in downtown Glendale.
The Melon Festival traces its roots back to 1949 as a celebration of the community’s agricultural industry, but the event is being brought into the 21st century, with a revived Arizona Watermelon Festival scheduled for Saturday June 8, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in historic downtown Glendale, with free admission and free parking.
The event will feature all kinds of family activities, including a farmer’s market, an ice cream social, a kid's fun zone, a rock-climbing wall, live music, a beer garden, and much more. In addition, there will be many watermelon-centric activities like a watermelon tossing contest, a seed-spitting contest and a melon-carving competition, featuring chefs from California and local resorts. This year’s festival will also revive the old watermelon festival queen by naming Miss Arizona Festival through the United States Organization Pageants. The pageant is sponsored by Get Image Ready, AZ Culture, CXI Media, and the Glam Squad (for more information go to www.missazfestival.com).
Glendale was an agricultural-driven community in its early days, and watermelons were a favored crop among Glendale growers. Melons were a big business locally for many years. In the 1950s, the melon festival was formed, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands to Murphy Park to celebrate Arizona-grown melons of all types. More than 80,000 pounds of watermelon was served to crowds of about 40,000 people. Another - major part of the festival was to crown a queen, who was sent to the East Coast to promote Arizona-grown melons.
The event, produced by AZ Culture, is organized by a group of downtown merchants and also sponsored by the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau, TSO Signature Apparel, T-Mobile, Hampton Inn & Suites, SW Ambulance, West Valley Resorts, and Coors Light. The event will benefit the Peoria/Glendale YMCA, Linking Sports and Communities, and the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors.
For more information on the event, visit www.azmelonfestival.com or call the Glendale Visitor Center at 623-930-4500.