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Inaugural Wayne County Youth Watermelon Growing Contest

For the first year ever, Wayne County youth from across the county can compete to grow the heaviest watermelon! Contest results will be announced on August 3, National Watermelon Day at the Wayne County Fair at Camden Park. The Wayne County Watermelon Growing. Contest is supported by WVU Extension-Wayne County office.


The Wayne County Watermelon Growing Contest offers the opportunity to exhibit knowledge and ability to cultivate and grow one or more watermelons over a regulated period of time. Growing the heaviest watermelon incorporates basic aptitude of measurement concepts. Preparation skills, research abilities, and patience in this field of agriculture and environmental science enhance the ability to excel in this competition. In addition to learning the basic fundamentals of growing and caring for watermelons, mathematical knowledge of space, depth, and irrigation will prepare participants for a successful harvest. Common problem solving, such as insect patrol, are essential elements gained throughout this experience. 


  • Develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, a sense of fair play, and other desirable character traits 
  • Experience the responsibility of planting, caring for, cultivating, and harvesting a watermelon. 
  • Increase knowledge of all aspects of agricultural and environmental science and management of a watermelon. 
  • Learn skills of farm management and an understanding of business and career opportunities. 
  • Demonstrate individual leadership abilities. 
  • Develop leadership abilities, build character, assume citizenship responsibilities, and develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes for lifelong use. 


  1. All Wayne County youth (Kindergarten through 12th grade) are eligible to compete. 
  2. Watermelon Weigh-in will be held August 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Camden Park.
  3. Each youth may submit one watermelon for the competition. 
  4. Must use the seeds provided by WVU Extension-Wayne County 


Awards will be presented at the Wayne County Fair on August 3, 2023 at 6 p.m.! 

Tender Sweet Orange & Crimson Watermelon Seed Mix packet from WVU Extension.