A sweet Dresden tradition returns this weekend.
Saturday is the 8th annual Dresden Melon Festival, celebrating the village’s rich heritage. The festival will feature live music, games, and melon-eating and seed-spitting contests. The village even honors its most famous melon, the cantaloupe, with a melon derby.
“We have a melon derby, if you’ve never seen that it’s interesting, you take a cantaloupe and you have to put the axle through the body of the melon and the wheels on it and they race them down a ramp, very entertaining,” said David Mathew, Mayor of Dresden.
The festivities kick off at 6 a.m. with a small mouth bass fishing tournament, followed by a 5K race through Dresden River Park, where every participant will receive a free t-shirt. Mathew said the scenic park is a great place for a run.
“The Tri-Valley High School Band will open the ceremonies, we have a flag-raising ceremony and the local veteran’s help us with that and kick off our festival,” Mathew said. “Then at 10 a.m. the Old Steam and Gas Club starts their garden tractor pull, that’s quite an event if you’ve never seen these little tractors and radical little tractors pull a sled.”
The festival is at Dresden River Park and admission is $1 per person until 4 p.m. There will also be a shuttle service available from Tri-Valley to the park.