The Watermelon Festival Kicks off in DeRidder

Watermelon FestThe 9th Beauregard Watermelon Festival is underway in DeRidder.

Today’s ceremonial cutting of the melon is followed by shows and a dance party.

It celebrates the famous Sugartown watermelon with contests, rides, music and food.

It runs from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday.

All events are at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds.