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Pageland watermelon festival starts today

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By Jesef Williams

PAGELAND – The 57th Pageland Watermelon Festival is offering dozens of events this weekend for people of all ages.

The festival, the largest annual event in neighboring Chesterfield County, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

Today

Craft and vendor displays open at 3 p.m. Friday on Pearl Street in downtown Pageland and amusement rides open at 5 p.m. in downtown.

The festival pageant is 5 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

At 5:45 p.m., Jason Frame, a magician and balloon artist, will appear at Moore's Park Gazebo. Admission is free. Frame will put on the same show at 8 p.m. Friday and again at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The festival rodeo will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Field. Admission is $10 at the gate.

Rock and country singer Lee Sinclair will perform at 8 p.m. and the EZ Street Band follows at 10 p.m. Both concerts will be at the downtown stage.

Saturday

The craft and vendor displays will be up and the amusement rides will be available all day Saturday.

A car show and cruise-in will start at 9 a.m. on Maple Street, followed by the Pageland Watermelon Festival Parade at 11 a.m. on McGregor Street.

The youth and children division contests for Miss Watermelon Queen will be at 2 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

Also at 2 p.m., Sean Sharp will perform as Elvis at the downtown stage.

The festival contest will be at 3 p.m.

Contemporary Christian band Shades of Red will perform at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Gordon Gainey band at 5:30 p.m., with both concerts at the downtown stage.

The festival rodeo is at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Field. Admission is $10 at the gate.

Rock act Lonesome Ride will perform at 8 p.m. and the band Right Turn Clyde will follow at 10 p.m., with both concerts at the downtown stage.

The presentation of pageant winners will be in between those acts, at 9:30 p.m., at the downtown stage.

Evening concerts are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate during the festival. Children ages 7-12 will be charged $5.

Sunday

The craft and vendor displays will be up and the amusement rides will open beginning at 1:30 p.m. Christian concerts will be held at Moore's Park Gazebo.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-11522