MIZE, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of people came to the town of Mize this weekend to celebrate, and eat a lot of, the area's favorite fruit.
The 38th annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival is a fundraiser for the Mize Volunteer Fire Department.
More than 70 vendors were on hand, selling food, T-shirts and other items.
There was also plenty of watermelon to eat.
Among the highlights was a traditional watermelon eating contest, won by Seth Chapin of Madison.
"We've been in existence for a long time and we try to grow and add and do something different for people every year and we just always appreciate the people that come out and spend the weekend with us," said Terresa Stewart, festival director and member of the Mize Volunteer Fire Department.
"I'm a people person, so I love hearing people's stories and seeing where they're from, meeting all the other vendors," said Leigh Copeland, a food vendor.
"I love it, I absolutely love it," said Kathy Gilbert, another food vendor. "We've got some good folks in South Mississippi."
The festival concluded Saturday night with a concert from country singer Darryl Worley.