VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Knox County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Watermelon Festival Saturday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jamie Neal, chamber president, said it was important for them to continue on with the long standing tradition.
“This is a crazy year. 2020 has been nuts for all of us. We wanted to bring some type of normalcy to our community. There’s a lot of restrictions and precautions that we had to take. But we were willing to do that and help our community,” Neal said.
This year’s festival included a band competition in addition to the annual Miss Watermelon Pageant.
Food vendors and local businesses lined Patrick Henry Square and interacted with guests.
Molly Daniels, a local author said the event is good for local businesses and entrepreneurs.
“It helps get the word out about our businesses and stirs up interest. It lets people know that we’re here even though we don’t have a store front. It lets us showcase our products,” Daniels noted.
Garry Tharp and Vicki Noyes are Marshall, IL residents who’ve attended the festival for nearly a decade.
They said although the times are uncertain, the festival atmosphere makes it worth while.
“We enjoy it enough that everything looks safe to us. We’re not close to people. It’s better than we expected actually,” they said.