Panhandle Watermelon Festival Announces Lineup

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CHIPLEY, FL (WTVY) In celebration of 60 years as a festival unlike any other, Panhandle Watermelon Festival is excited to announce this year’s two day event will include musical performances by Tracy Lawrence, Gene Watson, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, and Dailey & Vincent.

Building off the record breaking success of the last few years, PWF is excited to go bigger and better in 2016, bringing performances from songwriters responsible for some of the biggest hits in country music today to music legends whose songs are part of the soundtrack of our lives.

“It’s our 60th Anniversary and we have some special things planned for this year’s festival. There is a tremendous amount of talent that wanted to help us celebrate 60 years and we couldn’t be more pleased to have these music legends in Chipley” says Colby Peel, Chairman of PWF. “This is going to be one heck of an anniversary celebration.”

Songwriters Clint Daniels and Jeff Hyde will kick off Friday night’s event at Pal’s Park. Daniels has co-written several number one hits for Joe Nichols, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Clay Walker and Easton Corbin. His song “Wish You Well” was recorded by George Strait for his latest album.

Hyde’s latest projects include Eric Church hits “Cold One”, “Record Year”, “Springsteen”, and Easton Corbin’s “I Can’t Love You Back”,

With one of the most masterful voices in country music, Gene Watson will also join the list of talent for Friday night’s concert event. The “Singer’s Singer” as he is rightfully referred to, Gene has remained defiantly traditional with his music to the pleasure of his far reaching fan base.

Friday night’s concert event will highlight ACM, CMA Award winning and Grammy nominated Tracy Lawrence. With over 13 Million albums sold and 18 #1 singles, Tracy Lawrence will make PWF’s 60th celebration something you do not want to miss.

Held every year on the last full weekend in June, this free two day event is made possible in large part by these Presenting Sponsors:

Brickyard Market
Chipley Physical & Aquatic Therapy
Community South Credit Union
GAC Contractors
Gulf Coast Utility Contractors
JRA Architects
McDonalds of Chipley
Next Generation Sports
Northwest Florida Community Hospital
OneSouth Bank
Tobacco Free Florida

PWF has combined incredible music with equally impressive kid friendly activities that ensure everyone in your family will enjoy Friday night.

Come hungry and feast on fare that goes hand in hand with Friday night watermelon including hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Chipley Fire Department.

Saturday’s events commence early with the annual 5,000 meter Hot Trot Run at the Florida Panhandle Technical College. At the same time, spectators can head over to the Shrine Club for the traditional Pancake Breakfast. The family favorite Watermelon Parade is scheduled for 10am. Participants will organize at the Chipley High School Football Stadium and continue east on Hwy 90 through downtown to the delight of hundreds of eager faces.

Festivities will begin immediately following the parade at the Ag Center with gospel group The Thompsons kicking off another talented lineup of musicians. The time-honored introduction of queens and the watermelon contest and auction, hosted by Auctioneer David Corbin, round out the lunchtime activities.

Back by popular demand, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent will cap off Saturday’s musical lineup.

Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the Ag Center grounds and visitors can drop by the Kiwanis table and pick up a complimentary slice of Watermelon (while supplies last).

The Panhandle Watermelon Festival will take place June 24th and 25th.

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