For the 57th time, the Stanhope Lions Club as well as the entire community extended their hospitality to visitors who came to town for the annual Watermelon Day on Saturday.
Lovely sunny and seasonably cool mid-summer weather provided a perfect backdrop for a busy, fun day for all ages, starting with a morning parade and then moving on to the busy town park that was full of visitors of all ages who came to enjoy free musical entertainment, kiddie rides and games, Bingo, Lion burgers and homemade pie, a slow-pitch softball tournament, and, of course, all the free ice cold watermelon one cared to eat. The day also offered ample opportunity to neighbors, old friends, and relatives who came to Stanhope for the annual event and had a chance for a good visit under a shade tree in the park.
Watermelon Day started as a community celebration held on the first Tuesday in August, when it was mainly a fun day for local youngsters. In the late 1980s, the event was moved to a Saturday in July, as it has been ever since. Visitors for the day come from towns all over Hamilton county, around the state, and beyond.
Nicholas Stupp, age 3, of Stanhope, took some time to enjoy a slice of cold watermelon on Saturday afternoon.
The flag led off the Saturday morning parade in Stanhope.
Proceeds from Watermelon Day are used by the Lions to support community projects, scholarships, and other worthwhile causes.