Vernon Parish residents may want to drive a little ways south on Hwy. 171 to beat the heat this weekend with a sweet, juicy watermelon at the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
Plans for helicopter rides, a Lumberjack show, tons of fun watermelon-themed contests, a car show, livestock show, amusement rides, a kid’s game tent and much more are all in place and waiting to commence.
Only one event is still awaiting finalization, which it will not get until Saturday morning when it begins–Beauregard Christian Women’s Job Corps Annual 5k Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run.
Registered participants will begin their 3.2 mile quest at 8 a.m. at the corner of West Drive and Mel Branch Road in DeRidder. Male and female winners from several age categories will be awarded medals after the event.
Pre-registration for adults costs $15, $8 for children. Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. people may also register on site. Adults who register at the festival will owe $18 and children will owe $10.
Watermelon Festival will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. with the opening of the children’s tent, and a half hour later, children can move their energy over to the Livestock Barn for the rabbit show.
The All-American Lumberjack show will have two performances, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.
Guitar Praise competition will begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday will have all kinds of entertainment, including local performers, a puppet show, the watermelon carving contest, the watermelon seed spitting contest, more Lumberjack shows and a Lumberjack Sports Camp, the car show, and the watermelon eating contest, among other things.
Sunday’s line-up includes a number of gospel-type performances and the final Lumberjack Show at 4 p.m.
For a more complete schedule of events, or for more information, check out the festival‘s website at, or call 463-5534.