Enjoy this "Slice of Life" festival celebrating the sweet summer fruit that made Ridgeway, N.C. famous! Attended each summer by thousands, the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival is a daylong event full of fun for all ages, live music, food, games, vendors and more.
Presented by the Ridgeway Historical Society, Inc. and the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department.
Did You Know?
Just how did a summer melon put a small Warren County community on the map?
More than 100 years ago, Ed Petar grew several acres of the melons and discovered that there was something special about cantaloupes grown in the Ridgeway soil. As other farmers in the community joined Petar in growing cantaloupes, the demand for the Ridgeway melons spread to northern markets. The fruits were served in some of the finest restaurants, including the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
- Starting Saturday, July 21st, 2012, repeated every year on the 3rd Saturday of July @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm