By Sara Price
Melon Days, dubbed “The Melon Games” after the popular hit “Hunger Games,” took over the park in Green River Sept. 20-21. Vendors of all types participated in Melon Days from food booths, arts and crafts to causes such as Bikers Against Child Abuse were in attendance.
Local farmers donated thousands of pounds of watermelons to the event as an all-you-can-eat cut melon extravaganza. Varieties included watermelon, cantaloupe and Crenshaw melons. Attendees were also able to purchase whole melons to take home.
Melon Days featured a variety of events. Friday events included a three man scramble, shooting, volleyball and softball tournaments. The annual queen pageant and square dancing concluded the days events.
On Saturday, the celebration began early with a 5K run, scout breakfast and parade. Softball and volleyball tournaments continued and a magic tournament took place. A rubber duck race at the River Bridge was also conducted. Melon Days concluded with Buddy Jewell performing along with square dancing.
The Green River Fire Department held their yearly fundraiser. A mechanical bull ride was set up and eager riders paid for a try at the electronic animal. Money earned at the fundraiser will help pay for gas and equipment needed throughout the year by the fire department. Donations were also made by not-so-eager bull riders.
Eagle Air Med was also in attendance. A raffle for six helicopter rides as well as two, one-year memberships were given away. The lucky winners received 15 minute rides in the aircraft following the raffle.
Green River’s Melon Days received a strong turnout and the melon was delicious.