I DO love the South. There's always a festival devoted entirely to what has made a town famous. Monticello is known for its amazing watermelons and has been celebrating them for 62 years now with their Watermelon Festival. The festivities begin on June 8th, but the main events are during the weekend of the 15th and 16th, so check their website for the complete schedule www.monticellojeffersonfl.com/wmfschedule.cfm.
Most events are free, and you won't want to miss any of them. Begin your Friday night by shopping for arts & crafts, dancing in the street, eating fantastic BBQ, entering a watermelon seed spitting contest, and end it with a ghost tour sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce. Be sure not to stay out so late you aren't up early enough on Saturday for lots more fun, including the Melon Run, BIG parade, and of course, all the watermelon your heart desires!