65th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival held in Chipley.

Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 8:42 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a summertime tradition has returned to Chipley.

The 65th annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival is underway at Jim Trawick Park in Chipley. Live music, vendors, food stands and fun for both kids and adults can be found at the festival. After a year that impacted the area so deeply, organizers are just happy to be back.

”This festival is a big deal to Chipley, to Washington County, to Northwest Florida and it was missed last year,” said Judge Colby Peel, festival chairman for the Panhandle Watermelon Festival. “This is just a good way to say hey we’re back, and we’re back open for business here in Chipley, in Washington County, and throughout the Panhandle.”

The festival will continue Saturday with a pancake breakfast followed by another full music lineup in the evening.

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