Meet the Watermelon Festival Parade Committee and find out who’s participating in Saturday’s parade

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Setting up a normal parade is not an easy task. The Hampton County Watermelon Festival is no ordinary parade.

The crown jewel of HC Watermelon Festival events, this massive parade spans two cities – approximately 2.2 miles – and features over a hundred entries each year and thousands of spectators. This year’s parade is scheduled to begin in Varnville at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and end in the town of Hampton.

As you can imagine, this parade takes months of planning in advance, from arranging the route on paper to clearing highways and even stopping a train.

“The parade is the big event, the highlight of the whole festival in just a few hours, but it’s amazing the amount of work that goes into it, the taking of applications, the people showing up at the last minute to want coming in, people showing up late or not showing up at all, putting the right queens on the right float, etc,” said Festival Co-Chair William Koger. “But more people attend this event than any festival event, so all the hard work is worth it. I love the parade, it’s a big one, and it’s bigger and better than any other parade in the state, in my opinion.”

If you would like to thank the dedicated members of the Watermelon Festival Parade Programming Committee, they include:

– Steve Kemmerlin, longtime HCWF volunteer, educator and retired Hampton County coach;

– Ronald “Breeze” Winn, longtime HCWF volunteer, former Hampton County Councilman;

– David Ellis, HCWF webmaster, retired IT specialist;

– Junier Dopson, long-time HCWF volunteer and youth volunteer in the community.

The Parade Alignment Committee organized the parade on Thursday morning, and everything is ready for Saturday’s event. Here’s a look at this year’s parade lineup:

2022 Hampton County Watermelon Festival Parade Lineup

1. Hampton County Sheriff – Sheriff TC Smalls – Car

2. HC Watermelon Festival Banner – Studio Z – Walking Unit with Golf Cart

3. Grand Marshalls – Dr. Neal Shealy and PA-C Buck Harvey – Car

4. Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Healthcare Center – Staff – Festival float and bus

5. Representative Shedron Williams – House District 122 – Car

6. Roy Hollingsworth – Hampton County Council – Car

7. Noah Alexander – Hampton County Council – Car

8. Coosaw Farms – National and State Watermelon Queens – Festival Float

9. HC Emergency Management Division, City of Hampton Fire Department – Susanne Peeples, EMD Director, Fire Chief Lewis Ramsey – ambulance and fire truck

10. Town of Varnville – Mayor Nat Shaffer and Council – Two cars

11. Town of Varnville – Miss Varnville Abby Grace Pauls – Car

12. City of Varnville – Town Hall of Varnville – SUV

13. Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) – Staff – Car

14. Palmetto Electric Cooperative – Staff – Car

15. Miss HC Watermelon Festival, Leigh Anna Brown, and Miss Teen HC Watermelon Festival, Beckah Heape – Festival Float

16. HC Citizens for Active Restoration (HCCAR) – Faye Gooding – Homemade Float

17. Wrice Detail Shop – Richard Wrice – Car

18. Town of Hampton – Mayor Robert Brown and Councilor Beth Chafin – Car

19. Town of Hampton – Miss Hampton Annie Bray Bennett – Car

20. City of Estill – Mayor Kim Wiley, Councilor Dwanda Bolden – Car

21. Camp Wildwood – James Black, Founder and Campers – Festival Float

22. Town of Yemassee – Councilor Stacy Pinckney – Car

23. City of Yemassee – Sister to Sister Ministries – Car

24. City of Yemassee – Yemassee Shrimp Festival – Homemade float

25. Palmetto State Bank – Melon Belles and Melon Beaus – Festival Float

26. HC Chamber of Commerce – Melon Belles and Melon Beaus – Festival Float

27. Town of Gifford – Mayor HD Mitchell and Council – Car

28. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee – Members – Two Cars

29. The American Legion – Adna All – Two Cars

30. Varnville First Baptist Church – Softball Team – Festival Float

31. Miss Melon Princess – Mia Weeks – Car

32. First Runner Up Master Melon – Chevy Belger – Car

33. Wee Melon Beauty Princess – Emaline DeLoach – Car

34. Young Melon Miss – Kinsley Cook – Car

35. Vintage Military Jeep – Mike Worden – Jeep

36. Hampton County Historical Society – Vietnam Veterans – Festival Float

37. Barnwell County Leathernecks – Bud Bazemore – Homemade Float

38. Candidate for Hampton City Council – Marvin Love – Car

39. Candidate for Hampton County Council – Camille Mixson Welch – Car

40. Hampton County Council Candidate – Jordan Jinks – Car

41. A – Hampton County Coroner Candidate – Anna Fields – Car

41. B – HC Homologation Judge Candidate – Shannon Parker – Car

42. Dance Sensations – Dancers and Staff – Festival Float

43. Hilton Head Regional Health Care – Dance Sensation members – festival float

44. Melon Miss – Ragan Moore – Car

45. Melon Master King – Micah Jarrell – Car

46. ​​Melon Wear Winner – Oaklynn Lane – Car

47. Melon Miss Beauty Queen – Julie Bennett – Car

48. Hampton Regional Medical Center – Staff – Festival Float

49. Pruitt Health of Estill – Staff – Minibus

50. Hampton Co. Republican Party – Amy Schaffer – Car/Walking

51. HC Council Candidate – Ashley Lawton – Car

52. Candidate for House District 122 – Bill Hager – Car

53. Amanda Harriott – Raised Right Organization – Car

54. Candidate for US Congress – Duke Buckner – Car

55. HC Council Candidate – Allen Cook – Car

56. OPEN

57. Beaufort Water Festival – Committee Members – Craft Float

58. Wade Hampton High School Athletics – Student-athletes and coaches – Homemade float

59. Ruth’s Wardrobe – Staff – Car

60. Shepher Tennis Academy – Students – Golf Cart/Walking

61. Melon Ultimate Grand 2021 – Myariah Drawdy – Car

62. Watermelon Honey 2022 – Mary Brae Terry – Car

63. HCWF Melon Miss and Master Pageant – Homemade Float

64. HV Red Devils Football and Cheerleading – Student-Athletes – Homemade Float

65. Harold’s Country Club – Staff – Homemade Float

66. Pools Plus – Personal – Car/Truck

67. Sister Nutrition – Personal – Car/Truck

68. Williams Estate – Allen Williams – Car

69. Regions Bank – Staff – Homemade Float

70. Girls Scout Troop 30364 – Girl Scouts – Truck

71. Veteran Owned Real Estate – Staff – Homemade Float

72. Veteran Owned Real Estate – Jake Sullivan – Car

73. Veteran Owned Reading Estate – KMH Group – Homemade Float

74. Oakwood Houses of Beaufort – Todd Cook – Van

75. Backyard Bounce Rentals – Staff – Homemade Float

76. American Pool Association – Staff – Golf Cart/Truck

77. Jenks Polaris – Staff – Rangers (ATV)

78. USC Salk – Students – Homemade Float

79. H&H Car Care – Staff – Three Seat Ranger

80. F&W YWDE – Shaun Busby – Car

81. Dunamis Karate – Students and Staff – Homemade Tank

82. Escondido Farm Barn – Charles Smoak – Homemade Float

83. Jeddah Court #86 – Edna Alls – Car

84. Powell Asset Protection – James Hammock – Car

85. Shriners – Members – Go-karts

86. Greg and Darrell Hughee – Auto Club Members – Sports Car

87. CANFOR Southern Pine – Lamar Skinner – Truck

88. Cook’s Tree Service – Parker Cook – Truck/Trailer

89. Antique Tractor – Trey Miller – Tractor

90. Antique Tractor – Aaron Winn – Tractor

91. Tractor – Trey Crosby – Tractor

92. Dominion Energy – Personal – Utility Truck/Small Truck

93. Dr. Tire – Staff – Utility Truck

94. Blanchard Equipment – ​​Personnel – Truck and Trailer

95. Corvette Club – Auto Club Members – Ten cars

96. Company Two Fire – Quincy Jones and Staff – Two Fire Trucks

97. Empire Car Club – Tyrone Holmes – 10 cars

98. Nixville Knights – Scott Donathan & Motorcycle Club Members – Motorcycles/Golf Cart

99. Beaufort County Jeep Club – Mike Roark – 10 jeeps

100. Sullivans Auto & Recovery – Personal – Utility Truck

101. Varnville Fire Department – ​​Alan Dean – Fire Truck

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