Annual OBX Watermelon Festival a Delight

Face painting is one of the many activities that are part of the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival.
Face painting is one of the many activities that are part of the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival.

Over the years certain Outer Banks traditions and celebrations become favorites. The Fourth of July, of course and Christmas has a marvelous charm, but it’s the smaller festivals that create such a unique experience for anyone living or visiting that that are really what the local culture is all about.

The Annual Outer Banks Watermelon Festival, sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, is one of those events. Yes, there’s lots of watermelon, a watermelon eating contest and a watermelon seed spitting contest; but that’s only one part of what makes this one so much fun.

Kitty Hawk Kites has built its reputation on being the place for fun for the whole family and in this case they have done it up right, turning their Nags Head Jockey’s Ridge Crossing location into a fairground that includes an inflatable waterslide, juggling lessons, face painting and a chance to create your own tie-dyed T-shirt.

The really neat thing about this is all the proceeds benefit the Outer Banks Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coalition, a coalition that was originally sponsored by Food Lion after one of their employees died riding a bike to work.

There are a lot of watermelons consumed and Food Lion has stepped up and donated to the cause.

For anyone coming to the Outer Banks during the first week of August next year, when the event is traditionally held—put this one on the to do list.

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