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Panhandle Watermelon Festival

The 2023 Panhandle Watermelon Festival features Nashville Recording Artists Collin Raye and Easton Corbin on Friday, June 23, 2023, at Trawick Park, and Leah Pettis, Andy Griggs and Ty Herndon on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the Washington County Ag Center.
The Goulding Agency is a unique blend of public relations firm, advertising agency and media production house (through subsidiaries Real Florida Media and Paul Goulding Photography) in Chipley, Florida, in the heart of the Florida Panhandle and just north of Panama City Beach.  The firm produces the print magazine 'Real Florida Magazine' as well as several television shows, one by the same name as the bi-monthly periodical.  For many years the firm has provided promotional and marketing services for most of the larger special events in the region, including the Panama City Beach Indian Summer Festival, the Wausau Possum Festival and the Panhandle Watermelon Festival.
In 2015 'Real Florida Magazine' was awarded the dubious distinction of being the source for 'the most stolen photos on Facebook', in that of the over 750,000 photos taken by the firm annually, many are used by Facebook users as their profile image, displayed on Facebook and other social media pages, or used in the marketing of those respective special events.   Developed as a way of giving back to the community, 'Real Florida Magazine' does not watermark photos or insert any logos, trademarks or copyright icons, in order that they might more easily be copied.  
Photos taken by the firm include many special events, including the ubiquitous 'Panhandle Watermelon Festival', occurring on the last full weekend of June each year for the past 61 years, the 2018 event (62nd Annual) taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 22 & 23.  Over 10,000 photos are taken at the two-day Watermelon Festival, and around 10 hours of video, and the firm has been asked so many times for access to those photos that we have decided to post them on this standalone website.  Please note that this is NOT the official festival website, but which you can be accessed at
No matter how you eat your watermelon (or funnel cake, turkey leg, corn dog or anything else on a stick) you will enjoy the Watermelon Festival in Downtown Chipley, Florida, and 'Real Florida Magazine' has documented the event for 10 years.  We invite you to join with us for all the music, food and fun as shown in these photos from Saturday of the 2015 event by Debbie Goulding for Real Florida Media, a subsidiary of The Goulding Agency, and yes, you may steal and reuse these photos.  You may view more photos, video clips and interviews from this and other events at or listen to interviews at FPTC Radio, the voice of Florida Panhandle Technical College, at

This website does not officially represent the Panhandle Watermelon Festival and is for entertainment purposes only.

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Photos of Past Events

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