Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia is a city filled with historic locations and interesting places to visit. I am going to visit fun and exciting places in Richmond and all around so that you can too!



If you attended the 31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival in Richmond, Virginia, you would have found yourself in the middle of:

  • 3000 watermelons
  • 115,000 people
  • 100 exhibitors
  • 60 musicians and
  • the largest kids area on the east coast.

Translation…

LOTS of fun!

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, we went to the 31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival and had a wonderful time.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia

The first thing on the agenda was to eat watermelon. A good sized bowl of sweet, juicy, cold, delicious watermelon was just one dollar. Although the lines were long, they moved swiftly. Plus, the watermelon was so refreshing in the hot summer weather that it was worth the short wait.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - watermelon vendor

It was nice that the bowl was actually a substantial size and so fresh!

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - bowls of watermelon

Mmmmmmmm…so delicious and juicy.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - juicy watermelon

Alyssa’s bowl of watermelon didn’t last long either.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - cold watermelon

Everyone enjoyed the sweet watermelon treat. Friends and families of all ages.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - families

There were definitely ALL ages attending the watermelon festival. There were soooooooooooo many people attending the festival too.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - friends

Many of the store window dressings were watermelon themed.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - watermelon theme in stores

Of course, there were some unique things to see like watermelon pants in bright pink. Oh yeah!

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - watermelon clothes

My daughter always seems to gravitate to the purses and jewelry. LOL

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - Alyssa loves purses

There seemed to be vendors for everything. We even saw an income tax booth!

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - vendors

One of the stores on Cary Street has beautiful chandeliers and we often slip into the store just to browse. Even more important, they have air condition and it was a blessed detour to cool off.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - fancy lighting

While at the watermelon festival we also saw a pig! It was a miniature pig and so cute! Alyssa couldn’t help but touch it. My daughter loves animals.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - pig

There were dogs everywhere! I think the most snazzy dressed dogs were the two that were decked out in green costumes with watermelons, flags and sunglasses.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - dogs dressed up

From dogs to costumes to dogs with dyed fur…there were all kinds of dogs.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - Chilly at Helping Hands

Pools were set up to for the dogs to cool off in and many took advantage of the water because it was pretty hot.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - dogs cool off

A green faced mime stood along side the main walking path and was great. I don’t know how he stood there in the heat.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - mime

There were 60 bands at the 31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival. When we were there, the band at the end of the mile long festival was called the Billy Joe Trio.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - Billy Joe Trio

I love watching bands sing whether they are big or small. Music is such a great expression of art and emotions.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - 19th Street singers

Not many people danced, but there was one woman that danced quite a bit. I think she was a bit drunk.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - funny dancers

My daughter is always so fun to be with whether we are at a fun event like the 31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival or just spending time at home. I sure love that sweet girl.

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - parking with Alyssa

Who is that redhead sitting on the curb, listening to the band play and resting from all that walking in the heat?

31st Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival,  Richmond, Virginia - Sherry Riter, Redhead Riter

Uh huh. It’s just me.

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