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McDade Watermelon Festival
A Tradition Since 1948  

Annually since July 1948 friends from all over pour into McDade, Texas for their famous Watermelon Festival.  A strong community event shows the strength, history and fun still in McDade.   


Early Festivals 1948 - 1949

Early Festivals 1950 - 1952

Early Floats

Misc. Old Photos

Music on the Street

Past Parade Marshals

The Early Years  1  2  3

If you'd like to contact McDade's Watermelon Festival Committee, email Ms. Davis with the subject line as Watermelon to

You can find new pictures in the years below.  There are new additions for some past Queens.  If you have any photos you would like to contribute please contact us.  We'd love to put them up. All links have been updated Sept 17, 2003


1948 1970 1971 - 1990 1991-2003