Queen judging

Watermelon Queen pageant judges, from left, Gracy Key, Grace Rainey and Valerie Cary last year confer during the judging of the 2021 Watermelon Festival queen pageants. The festival is once again set for Aug. 5-6 on Patrick Henry Square.

The spotlight will shine on Knox County’s favorite fruit when the annual Watermelon Festival once again takes over downtown next month.

“This is a fun weekend and has something for everyone,” said Knox County Chamber of Commerce President Jamie Neal. “We like to call this the last big bash of summer before our students go back to school.

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