Some might think that this blog about the Chinchilla Melon Festival is a little early as the event is not on until 16 – 19 February next year.
However visitors from out of town really do need to start planning their trip now as the town literally bursts with melon fun and all the hotels pull out their NO VACANY signs.
The Chinchilla Melon Festival is dedicated to the gloriously red, juicy and delicious fruit that reminds us of summer.
Chinchilla is actually known as the nation’s watermelon capital, as this region boasts 25% of Australia’s watermelon crop.
Every two years (on the odd-numbered years), the watermelon festival takes over Chinchilla, bringing together locals and visitors from all walks of life to celebrate with traditional activities.
In fact Chinchilla has a population of approximately 5,500 people. This swells to between 20,000 to 23,000 during the Melon Festival celebrations.
They all come to see the melon-growing competitions, shop at the craft markets, take part in the novelty events, enjoy the carnival rides and a watch the street parade. Visitors will see Melon Skiing, Melon Bungy, Pip Spitting and the Slip, Dip and Pull. The craft markets are all things watermelon and if you think your stomach can handle it, there is the watermelon eating competition.
At the end of the day and the last seed has been spat, festival goers can grab some dinner from one of the food stalls and settle in for the free family concert.
After all the melon excitement is over, we suggest that you come back to your comfortable room at Kings Park Accommodation and enjoy a peaceful night sleep.
To make sure you don’t miss out, call us today to book your Chinchilla Melon Festival accommodation.
• The largest watermelon on record was in 2007 weighing 87.5kg and was grown by Bernie and Matt Davies of Chinchilla.
• Five tonnes of melon is consumed on the Saturday during the festival, with another 15 tonnes of melons used for the melon arena games.