STANHOPE - The warmer weather is predicted to return this weekend, just in time for an annual celebration in Stanhope.
Saturday brings the 57th annual Stanhope Lions Club Watermelon Day with a full schedule of activities planned throughout the day.
Events get under way at 10:30 a.m. with the traditional parade through downtown Stanhope. The theme for the parade is "For the Good Times" and those wishing to have an entry in the parade are asked to call Ron McKenzie at 826-3290 or Wayne Romp, 826-3477. There are several categories for parade entries, including business, church, club, horses, antiques and children. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Norah Olsen and her big sister, Abby, wore their watermelon outfits to Watermelon Day in Stanhope last year. This year’s event is set for Saturday.
Following the parade, the city park is the place to be for food, games and entertainment. The rides, bingo and food stands open at 11 a.m. Inflatables will also be set up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The softball tournament, which has been going on all week, will resume at noon. The Stanhope Fire Department will host a cake walk starting at noon in the park. Entertainment by the Sugar Creek Cloggers are on deck to perform at noon, followed by athletes from Elite Power Tumbling at 12:30 p.m.
Kids will have an opportunity to test their pedal power during the pedal tractor pull which begins at 1 p.m. The kids nickel dig will begin at 2 p.m. Tickle the Clown will be in
Afternoon entertainment will also include Music by Brad Morgan at 1:15 p.m.; Sheltered Reality Drummers at 2:30 p.m.; music by Ken Frette at 3:45 p.m. and Jesse and the Seldom Seen Band will perform at 4 p.m.
Of course, the star of the day is the ice cold free watermelon served by the Stanhope Lions Club. The club brings in a truckload of the melons which they slice and serve throughout the afternoon. Watermelon is served from 1 to 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The watermelon feed is BYOF - bring your own fork.
Pizza sales will begin at 3 p.m.
Capping off the evening will be the drawings for $750 in cash. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Lions Club members or throughout the day on Saturday.