Arizona Watermelon Festival 2013 in Historic Glendale (Video)
Fruit fanatics ventured out to Historic Glendale's Murphy Park to celebrate the revival of the Arizona Watermelon Festival on Saturday. They enjoyed watermelon, of course, but also water games, watermelon slices, and a pageant to name the Arizona Watermelon Queen.
All photos and collages by Lauren Saria The Arizona Watermelon Festival
It wasn't hard to find the watermelon. And while we don't have anything to compare this year's quantity to, we're pretty sure the number of melons would have done the original festival organizers proud.
Lauren Saria Crowds at the Arizona Watermelon Festival
Gigantic cardboard boxes in the center of the festival revealed hundreds of bright green melons. Those looking to get a taste of the fruit rather than a whole melon could also purchase watermelon by the slice at one of a number of Arizona Watermelon Festival tents set up throughout the festival area.
Some attendees sat in the shade and enjoyed live entertainment and eats from food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck and White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread. We caught the performance from Unstoppable on the main stage and despite the heat, some festival-goers got up and danced along to the upbeat music. Following the set guests watched the coronation of the 2013 Wmaterelon Queens.
In the Water Activities zone, young children cooled in water play areas. For a hot second we wished we could hop in, too. Other kid-focused activities included pony rides and a dunk tank, where a line of kids took turns trying their luck both throwing the ball and sitting in the
hot cool seat.