MIZE, MS (WDAM) - - Thousands of people braved the intense heat in Smith county Saturday to get their hands on some cool slices of their favorite fruit.
They made their way to Mize for the 37th annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival.
Visitors enjoyed all-you-could-eat watermelon while listening to live music. They also shopped for arts and crafts and checked out some classic cars and hot rods that were on display.
"If you're a watermelon fan, this is the place to be, absolutely," said Howard Kittrell of Vicksburg, a vendor who also enjoyed eating lots of watermelon.
"We've been really busy, we've had a great time, but it is hot," said Carole Miller of Hattiesburg, another vendor.
The festival concluded Saturday night with the group "Restless Heart" performing.
All proceeds benefit the Mize Volunteer Fire Dept.