Sweet summer festival back in McDade Posted in: NewsLifestyle After taking last year off due to the pandemic, the annual Watermelon Festival returned to McDade on Saturday, July 10. The weekend kicked off with a street dance in downtown McDade, with live music by Kenny Orts & No Chance Band, on Friday night. The prize melons were weighed first thing Saturday morning, the annual grand parade traveled down Old Highway 20 at 10:30 a.m., then the festival began at the Watermelon Festival grounds. The festivities included a washer tournament, bingo, a watermelon-eating contest, a riding mower rodeo and the auction of the prize melons. The day concluded with a ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!