Jacksonville

United States

#1 Jul 22, 2007
Where was the watermelon at the Watermelon Festival? I arrived Saturday with friends, and no Watermelon was to be found. All festivals I go to Strawberry Festival, Apple Festival, all have a booth that sells whole,pieces and different forms of apples and strawberrys. I thought local farmers would be there to sell their crop. How disappointing it was..... We were there to buy fruit and crafts, not ride the rides. I didn't realize it was only for the kids.
keepthefaith

Mount Croghan, SC

#2 Jan 8, 2009
I think as for everything else~ it's all about getting the money! THe Watermelon Festival use to be so much fun for the whole family, but now it's money this and that and the poor farmers have to pay such a fee to set up they can't make it worth their while. That is the fact of the matter! Every year it just gets WORSE*
Charles melton

Shawnee, KS

#4 Jan 13, 2009
I remember when I was a child taking the watermelons to the market all night sitting by the truck with the hopes a buyer woul;d come by because I knew if he did and the price was right we would get some stew beef from the market in pageland and this was a treat Beef was for rich folks we had to eat what we grew
myra t

Pageland, SC

#5 Dec 19, 2009
i agree with all. i live in pageland and it is all about the money for the town not the people anymore.and never any watermelons.unless the churches gave it away like we did with greater vision and hope church. so if it went back to the old ways then it would be fun again for all.and if the watermelons were sold u would have to pay dearly for them. we quit coming to it except for the parade.
Doug C

Sanford, NC

#6 Dec 19, 2009
The Watermelon Festival started becoming all about the money in the early 90's. Before then there would be thousands of watermelons everywhere. Lots of farmers just backed their pickups up to the curb and sold different kinds and sizes of melons, cantelopes, other fruit, vegetables, honey, molasses and darn near everything else. Then they started charging for people to sell and they cut the number of farmers in half. They said they couldn't afford to hire the bands and pay for the parade unless they charged. Well every year just about it since then they have gone up on everything and it is a mess. People don't come like they used to. It's getting the reputation as a rip off festival.

Somebody needs to step in and say enough is enough. Lets reduce the prices and try to get the watermelon farmers back in and the hustlers out.
Ruby Rascal

Pfafftown, NC

#7 Dec 20, 2009
This has worried me a long time. The Watermelon Festival once was a Farmer's Festival. The people who grew fields of watermelons and sold them at the market there in town. Then the Pageland Chamber got involved and eventually took it over. They made it more like a fair with hiring carnival rides, games and shows and all. They promoted it and advertised which cost money. They had to raise money first by charging the farmers to sell their fruit. Meanwile the carnival people were fleecing people which gave the festival a bad name. Then they started a dance and had to have a high priced band. The got into a real mess with that. They first hired a beach music band which drew a good crowd. Then the country crowd raised hell so they hired a name country band the next year. Once again they done good with ticket sales. Well you know the blacks ain't going to stand for that. They raised hell so the chamber hired a black rap band the next year. They lost a lot of money because they didn't sell many tickets and all those Rappers did was yell cuss words into the microphones. Last year they had a bluegrass and a country which sold enough tickets to break even. The thing has got to the point it is just a money grab. I took my wife and 2 kids last year. I spent nearly 20 dollars on a few rides and such. The kids are to small to ride any of the big rides. Food and treats and all was about 25 dollars. Souvenirs (balloons and a flag) at the parade was another 20 dollars. We didn't buy tickets for the music show since somebody gave us some but if we had it would have been about 30 dollars. The total would have been 95 dollars if we had bought the tickets. Thats to much money for a small town festival.
Doug Cauthen

Pfafftown, NC

#8 Dec 23, 2009
I had a talk with one of the board members of the Festival yesterday. I told her what people were saying and told her about this website. She said that the festival lost money last year because attendance was way down. She said the board blamed it on the economy. I told her a lot of it was that the farmers were getting shut out and all the rides and carnival stuff was way too expensive. She promised to look into ways to make it more affordable and to bring in more people.
Sunshine

Chesterfield, SC

#9 Dec 23, 2009
Well, well Mr. Cauthen. I do declare. :0)
myra t

Pageland, SC

#10 Dec 24, 2009
u can forget that the town will even consider they were wrong of anything.if they got another person to handle it next year they may see a difference also,. there is no fellowship among the people anymore. all u hear is complaining from the residents and visitors.

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