Cantaloupes, watermelon, casaba, honeydew. These are just some of the varieties of nutritious melons that are low in sodium and saturated fats and high in dietary fiber, potassium and vitamins A & C. Interesting Fact: I bet you didn’t know that watermelon has as much iron as spinach. Now you have the opportunity to celebrate the mighty melon by attending the 57th annual Melon Festival in Milan, Ohio being held on Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 (Labor Day). Milan is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.
Taking place on the Milan Village Square, the Milan Melon Festival expects more than 50,000 people to attend this annual event. This family-friendly event will feature a wide variety of fun activities that all age groups can enjoy. And, needless to say, there will be lots and lots of melons. The one thing you don’t want to miss is the eating of a true culinary delight –watermelon sherbet and cantaloupe (“mussmelon”) ice cream.
Activities at the Milan Melon Festival include several eating contests including watermelon eating, pizza eating and a milk shake contest. Other activities include a Beautiful Baby Contest, a cornhole tournament, a Big Wheel race, a Queen’s Contest, a pedal tractor pull for the kids, an arts & crafts show and a 5K & Fun Run. And returning this year will be a Car Show featuring many types of automobiles including antique cars and hot rods.
And make sure you don’t miss the Grand Parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. Also, check out performances by The Great Brad (magician) and by various clowns. There will be plenty of free, live musical entertainment with performances by Tom Watt & the Fruitcake Band (a Jimmy Buffet tribute band) on Saturday and the Rutherford County Band (Country), the Stadium 11 Band and The Rechargers.
There will be lots of food and beverages available for purchase at the Milan Melon Festival. In addition to melon items, there will also be a Fireman’s Chicken Barbecue at the Milan Fire Station on Sunday. Hours for the Milan Melon Festival are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday (Labor Day). Admission is free. Parking is also free.
For more information about the Milan Melon Festival, call 419-499-3254 or get online at www.milanmelonfestival.org. The Milan Melon Festivals will take place on the Milan Town Square located just 12 miles south of Cedar Point Amusement Park at the intersection of US 250 and SR 113. Milan is 57 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour drive.