MelonFest board elects new officers

Brownstown MelonFest elected board members for next year’s festival during a meeting Oct. 6 at Dairy Queen

The 45th festival will be Sept 6 to 8, and the theme will be, “Bringing a Community Together Across the Decades.”

Trixie Deaton was nominated and accepted the position of president.

Neal Rose will continue as vice president. Other officers are Bobbie Jo Campbell, treasurer; Ray Bachman, who will continue as secretary; Wayne Deaton, who will continue as entertainment director; and Darrell Crockett, who will continue as site engineer.

The board is seeking community members who are willing to help any of the committees for the 2013 festival.

Anyone wishing to help with any festival committees can attend board meetings, which are at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Dairy Queen.

Chairmen are needed for the parade, activities, school projects and fundraising.

The board plans to revamp and renew the festival to bring it back to its glory days by getting the schools more actively involved and asking for community support.

The MelonFest will have a scholarship contest, with the winners receiving a $250 scholarship.

There also will be a contest with prizes for best window display for the businesses in town, a best costume for all ages with the winner featured in the festival parade, a best melon-carving contest as well as the seed-spitting contest and watermelon steal. The festival also will include fireworks and a talent show.

For information about festival events, visit or Brownstown MelonFest on Facebook.

For information, contact Deaton at 812-530-1455.

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