The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival consists of a Festival in the Park the second Saturday in August every year. It kicks off with a parade, rodeo and carnival. Watermelons are sold on main street and in booths on the side of the road in the week beforehand. Rush Springs is known for its melons and my Grandfather was a watermelon farmer. My family even raised watermelons in Rush Springs when I was a teenager and I remember breaking the melons in the field while we were picking them and eating their hearts out.
I loved when we went to Rush Springs as a kid and I saw the giant slice of melon at the intersection of Highway 17 and 81, it meant we were almost to my Grandma's house. Grandma would always stay awake waiting on us to get there, it didn't matter how late we came in, Grandma was up sitting in her chair waiting on us. I would also remind you to slow down if you're driving on Highway 81 towards this dangerous intersection, people have been killed here. The speed limit is enforced, it is not a speed trap (although it has been called one), it is a dangerous intersection, especially if you're coming from Highway 17 into town.
The Tiny Tot Pageant is going on. When my Daughter was little she competed in Tiny Tots! They also have a seed spitting contest, contest for the biggest melons and entertainment on the stage all day long.