My old hometown in South Carolina, population 2500, celebrates 55 years of the Watermelon Festival this year beginning July 20, just two days after my birthday. I just discovered that they have a site on MySpace and offered some ancient clippings and photos I have from the fifties. They asked me to send to feature some. I'd like to share them here, too.
Now, tell me what YOUR town is famous for!
Click on the pictures to enlarge and read...especially about watermelon prices in one of them!
This is the front of a booklet of all the beauty contest winners who came to Pageland to vie for Watermelon Queen.
This is the swimsuit competition, held at the local swimming pool.
Next is a photo of my father with Miss America. He was wearing the traditional red shirt that men on the welcoming committe wore to meet her at the airport. The shot was taken at the beauty queen's luncheon.
Barefoot Day! Before the parade day, men were required to come to town barefooted and the women wearing aprons or face a fine by this bevy of newly deputized high school girls who collected a quarter for each 'misdemeanor':-)
Here's the article about watermelons. It also shows a photo of the recently built watermelon market. I hear it's grown tremendously over the past years.
And finally, a shot from the 80's showing downtown mainstreet. Not much changed from when I lived there.