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Watermelon Festival Announces Talent Line-Up, Special Guests, Extra Added Attractions and Sponsors

Sunland, CA …The 52nd Annual Watermelon Festival is pleased to announce the Talent Line-up, Special Guests, Extra Added Attractions and Sponsors for he festival is being held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena August 16-18.
New and exciting musical acts for this years’ Festival are  Friday night’s opening act the Verdugo Voices Glee Club at 6pm and headliner Viza, an acclaimed international band known for their erratically amusing blend of energized international rock. They take the stage at 8:00pm. On Saturday night local favorite and KROQ darlings, indie rockers, Sad Robot will blaze the stage also at 8:00pm. Highlights for Saturday include a 2:00pm performance by Radio Disney, a rare Southern California appearance by Pop Princess Karissa Lee at 3:00pm, followed by festival favorite Artwork Jamal and his blues band at 4:00pm. The Leela Belly Dance Troupe that has enchanted audiences throughout the Southland, will take the stage at 5:00pm, followed by Warped Tour alumna rockers Miracle Dolls, fronted by twin sisters Dani and Desiree. On Sunday at 1:00pm kids will be delighted by a special performance by Ronald McDonald and at 2:00pm the Power House Blues teen trio, fronted by fourteen year old Chase Walker are sure to light up the festivities. The Bulldawg Blues Band hits the stage at 3:00pm, with their brand of Blues, Rock and a good time, followed by Spanish and Flamenco Dancer Susana Elena, who will delight audiences with her elegance and grace at 4:00pm. Fever the Ghost, an indie punk quartet, will perform at 6:00pm and at 7:00pm Landia will be on stage. The veteran pop band, fronted by David Landia, will soon be featured on the Chambers Brothers Reunited Tour.  Closing night headliner, at 8:00pm is the Big Daddy T Blues band. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday, opening the festivities at noon, is choreographer Jacobi Lynn of Aletheia Dance and Performing Arts.
Friday nights’ crowd pleaser at 7:00pm is always the Coronation of the Queen and King and their court. This year the festival has the special privilege of having the National Watermelon Queen, Amber Nolin of Alabama, on hand to preside over the event.

Special Guests on Saturday are the return of Radio Disney from 1:00 to 3:00pm, with games, giveaways and fun, and new this year is the KFWB radio remote truck from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Sunday Special Guests from 12:00 to 4:00pm is festival favorite the Kings Ice Crew and new this year is the Galaxy Star Squad, both with prizes, contests and giveaways from our favorite Ice Hockey and Soccer teams.

Extra Added Attractions include a pre-release preview of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2:Revenge of the Leftovers.” One of the animated features film’s characters is a watermelophant! Be sure to stop by to pick up a coloring page, and try to win a poster or stuffed Watermelophant animal that Sony has contributed to the festival. The motion picture opens nationwide on September 27.  Rescued wild animals and cuddly critters will be on hand Saturday and Sunday from the Wildlife Waystation. Barney the Owl, Mr. O the Opossum and Sonic the Pygmy Hedgehog, plus Brutus and Kiki the ferrets have attended the festival in past years.

The 52nd Annual Watermelon Festival is pleased to announce the National Watermelon Promotion Board as a Silver Sponsor and Yelp as a Bronze Sponsor. Also this year the watermelons served at the watermelon booth have graciously been donated by Van Groeningen & Sons, Inc., whose label is Yosemite Fresh, also on display is their brightly colored and festive watermelon truck; George Perry & Sons, Inc., whose label is Perry and Sons, Melon Up by Timco Worldwide, a C.H. Robinson Company; Sweet Treat by Pappas & Co;. and Dulcinea Farms’ Ruby Bliss label.  Come see the new and improved Watermelon-O-Matic machine, hard at work slicing and dicing the fabulous fruit at the Watermelon Booth. Additionally, Super King Markets is sponsoring the Watermelon Wheel.

Favorite activities include the Watermelon Eating Contests at 2:00pm and 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, the continuous Seed Spitting and Watermelon Bean Bag Toss Contests, and the ever popular Wearable Art Contest featuring watermelon outfits and accessories. If you are “wearin’ the melon” and want to compete, be sure to register in the Lions Den and have your picture taken.

The Chef’s Corner features watermelon carving demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia, who has been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the Food Network. Culinary Instructor, Chef Liz Thompson, who has been featured on ABC Channel 7 with “The Food Coach,” Lori Corbin and students from Sculpting Club of the International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute-Inland Empire, a Campus of Argosy University, where she teaches, will also be doing carving demonstrations. The Whole Foods Market, located in Pasadena, is sponsoring the Student Watermelon Carving demonstrations, Hospitality Area and the Watermelon Recipe Contest. Claud & Co. of Pasadena is also sponsoring the Hospitality Room Winners will be announced in Appetizers, Entrees, Beverage and Desserts categories. Please check the website for recipe contest rules and carving demonstration times.
The Bazaar marketplace has arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, personal services and product marketing. The Community Courtyard showcases the diverse and dynamic organizations that help the community to thrive. With appealing and unique exhibits, the individual booths have information about their respective groups and the importance of their contributions to the community. The Kids’ Area has face painters with glitter and airbrush temporary tattoos provided by Air Brush Body Art by Rocky and classic clowns. Kids will further love the Arcade Games and Carnival atmosphere.

Carnival Entertainment is providing the rides that include the Monster Slide, the Ferris Wheel, the Swing, Octopus, Mindwinder and Dragon Wagon, among other attractions.

The food court areas feature an array of popular festival and fair favorites and highlight selected watermelon based treats and drinks. Food items include Tacos, Burritos, Bratwurst, Tri-tip Sandwiches, Fried Catfish, Fried Chicken, Chicken Bowls, Garlic Fries Kettle Korn, Funnel Cakes, with Watermelon Lemonade, Frozen Lemonade, Smoothies, Coffee and more!

Funds raised by the Watermelon Festival are used by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club help to support local youth and community activities, disaster relief, and to support health and vision conservation programs in California, across the nation and throughout the world.

Don’t forget that every admission ticket includes free watermelon slices, a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel for additional prizes and…every one is a winner. So, mark your calendars, come have some fun, eat to your hearts delight and be a part of the 52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Lion’s Watermelon Festival August 16 – 18 at the Rose Bowl, America’s stadium.