Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival Fun for the Whole Family

Face painting is just one of the great kid-friendly activities at the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival.
Face painting is just one of the great kid-friendly activities at the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival.

Need something for the kids to do? A fun time that will keep the whole family laughing and create some great memories? Check out the Kitty Hawk Watermelon Festival this Thursday at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.

This is the 12th Annual Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival and having attended quite a number of them we can guarantee it will be a great time..

It’s all about watermelon, fun and there’s a little bit of silliness to it as well, but that just adds to the good time.

The classic for the day is the watermelon seed spitting contest. Of course…how could there be a Watermelon Festival without a watermelon seed spitting contest?

The day is really geared around children, so there is face painting, an inflatable waterslide and tie dye T-shirt making. And of course, a watermelon eating contest.

The event is free, but activities and contests do require a ticket. However any money collected goes to a good cause— the Outer Banks Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coalition. The Coalition has been working with local communities and government to enhance bicycle safety and awareness.

The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and keep going until 4 p.m. The weather forecast is looking pretty good for Thursday, so pack up the kids, put a bounce in your step and go spit some watermelon seeds.

So much to do and so little time, so plan another visit to the Outer Banks with Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates.

Watermelon Festival-Kids, Family, Fun

Getting ready for the Watermelon Eating contest.
Getting ready for the Watermelon Eating contest.

A Perfect Day to Celebrate Watermelon

During the summer there’s not a lot of large celebrations, mostly because just about everyone is concentrating on making sure our visitors are treated like guests and they that they’re having a great time.

But there are a few, let’s call them, mini-festivals and one of our absolute favorites is the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival at the company’s Jockey’s Ridge Crossing store in Nags Head. They list it as the 11th Annual Watermelon Festival, but those of us who have lived here longer remember the Festivals going back longer than that.

What it really is, is a celebration of kids, family and summer. Because let’s face it—fresh watermelon is about as perfectly summer as it gets.

So what is?

It’s all about kids. Yes, Mom and Dad will have a great time, but the activities are really geared to children. There’s face painting, tie dye shirt making and toy demos—the balance board was really cool.

There were great activities. Stanley the Shark—think a mechanical bull only a shark—was getting a real workout inside Kitty Hawk Surf Company. The inflatable waterslide is always popular and kids were lined up all day.

One that was really cool…or maybe cold. Kids, and some adults, stuck their hand in a bath of ice water then immediately dipped their hand into soft wax creating an image of their hand.

The highlight of any Watermelon Festival, though, has to be the contests. The seed spitting and the watermelon eating.

Always highly competitive, ultimately it’s all about having fun. Nonetheless, the eating contestants really gave it their all, champing their way through three large pieces of watermelon in hope of taking home the grand prize…whatever that may have been.

Is the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival a huge day of celebration? No, not really. But at the end of the day, what it really is all about is what the Outer Banks does best…family, kids and fun.