Fans enjoying watermelons at the 52nd Annual Watermelon Festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 2013. This year's festival is scheduled to be in July. (Rafael Orellana/Living Out Loud LA)
Watermelons are scheduled to invade Los Angeles this summer.
The 53rd Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival announced today its dates for 2014.
The festival, which includes food, drinks, games and music, will take place on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., respectively.
It’ll be hosted at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 West Huntington Drive in Arcadia. The festival Entrance is through Gate #6, off the Colorado Lot on Colorado Place.
Admission for adults is $10, while children tickets are $5. There is a special admission price of $8.00 for seniors and active duty military personnel. Children under 2 are free. Parking is $4. Every admission includes free watermelon slices and a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel for additional prizes and raffles tickets.
The festival features watermelon carving demonstrations and recipe contests, watermelon eating contests, seed spitting contests, wearable art contests for both humans and their four legged friends, and the return of the greased watermelon races.
It’ll also have nightly cash prize drawings, local bands and national touring acts for the public’s listening pleasure, a bazaar marketplace, carnival rides, arcade games, and an array of festival food favorites and beverages. The event also opens with the ever popular coronation of the Watermelon Queen, King and their court.
Proceeds raised by the Watermelon Festival are used by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club help to support local youth and community activities, disaster relief, and to support health and vision conservation programs in California, across the nation and throughout the world.