The Tiny Wisconsin Town That Transforms Into A Watermelon Wonderland Each Year

Every year on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the small town of Pardeeville, 35 miles north of Madison, transforms into the Watermelon Capitol of the World. Home to the U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, this small town festival turns 51 years old in 2018. On Saturday, September 8, head to Pardeeville for all the watermelon you could ever want!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

For more information about the Pardeeville Watermelon Festival and U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, check out the festival webpage here or head on over to Facebook.

Wisconsin is home to a ton of small town festivals. Check out this great list from last season, but make sure you double check all the dates for this year’s festival!