WELCOME to 2019 Melon Fest - Australia's sweetest festival.

Here you will find rolling coverage of the action-packed weekend in Chinchilla as the town's population swells with 14,000-plus visitors. 

The once every two-year event is set to inject an estimated $3.5 million into the Chinchilla economy over its two-day duration.

'No vacancy' signs are lit up across town, the showground's 540 campsites are full and even accommodation in Miles is approaching full capacity.

For your guide to the weekend events, see here

If you take an amazing shot at Melon Fest, we want to see it! Send your snaps through to editorial@chinchillanews.com.au

SATURDAY:

SLIP, DIP AND PULL:

ARENA competitors are a tough bunch who put their bodies on the line for the opportunity to show of their athletic abilities on a melon covered field.

Melon Slip, Dip and Pull - Chinchilla Melon Festival arena events 160219
Melon Slip, Dip and Pull - Chinchilla Melon Festival arena events 160219 DYLAN CRAWFORD

The Slip Dip and Pull pits mate against mate on a mat coated in melon guts for the toughest game of tug-of-war they have ever played.

Check out the photos here. 

 

PIP SPITTING COMPETITION:

THEY say it is all luck when it comes down to winning the Chinchilla Melon Fest Pip Spitting competition.

 

CS Energy were the proud sponsors of the main attraction, with over 200 people entering for their shot to spit the furtherest melon pip.

See the impressive feats of spitting here: 

 

 

MELON EATING COMPETITION:

WILD CARD entrant Ronnie Fengler has demolished his watermelon in the Melon Celebrity Challenge, leaving the other contestants red in the face.

Politicians and local celebrities all had their fair share of watermelon as they competed for glory. 

See the photos of the messy competition here. 

 

FREE FEAST:

THE star of the show was available to all this afternoon, as Chinchilla Melon Festival handed out hundreds of kilograms of watermelon to keen punters.

With a line snaking around the Chinchilla State School oval, there was plenty of fresh fruit straight from the local farms to keep the festival-goers from near and far happy.

Were you snapped enjoying your free melon? Check out our photo gallery here.

 

MELON SKIING:

THE melon skis are getting a workout as hundreds line up for their chance to slide through dozens of sticky sweet watermelons.

The Melon Festival Arena was packed out with spectators cheering on the daring entrants doing their best to stay upright. 

See all of the sweet action here:

 

DASH FOR CASH:

TWO years in the making, the Melon Festival Dash for Cash closed down Heeney Street as men, women and children vied for glory with watermelons in tow. 

Across three races, dozens of competitors sprinted the 400-metre race track armed with a melon of various sizes.

See photos and video of the unique sprinting competition here.

 

MELON PROCESSION:

THE creativity and ingenuity of Chinchilla groups and businesses once again made for a fantastic Melon Fest Parade.

St Joseph's Catholic School won the best school float - Chinchilla Melon Festival parade 160219
St Joseph's Catholic School won the best school float - Chinchilla Melon Festival parade 160219 DYLAN CRAWFORD

Floats of traditional melon style were interspersed with those highlighting the festival's achievement of 25 years.

See all the creative floats from this year's Melon Festival here. 

 

FRIDAY:

CLUB HOTEL BEACH PARTY:

CHINCHILLA might be 349km from the nearest beach, but a slice of tropical paradise was at the Club Hotel.

About 3500 people danced the night away at the makeshift beach and rocked out to country music legend Mick Lindsay.

See the photos of all the fun on the sand here.

Hundreds of people turned out to support competitors from around the region and further afar in the Melon Festival Rodeo on Friday, February 15.

The five featured events were the barrel race, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, novice bull ride and the bull ride.

 

MELON RODEO:

Hundreds of people turned out to support competitors from around the region and further afar in the Melon Festival Rodeo on Friday, February 15.

Saddle bronc competitor - Chinchilla Melon Festival rodeo 150219
Saddle bronc competitor - Chinchilla Melon Festival rodeo 150219 DYLAN CRAWFORD

The five featured events were the barrel race, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, novice bull ride and the bull ride.

Find out a little about the winners and see our gallery here:

 

FRIDAY FESTIVAL FEAST:

A SPLENDID spread was laid out for attendees at the Friday Festival Feast last night.

From succulent carved watermelons and tasty entrees to delicious desserts, there was plenty to tickle the taste buds.

See a photo gallery from the night.

 

MELON WEIGHT COMPETITION:

A POTENTIAL Australian record-breaking monster melon was unveiled on Friday afternoon at the Chinchilla Melon Festival on Friday afternoon. 

The 100.5kg mammoth melon was so large it pipped Chinchilla's record by more than 12 kilograms at the festival's Big Melon Weigh In competition on Friday afternoon.

To get a glimpse of the freakish fruit, click here.
 

CHINCHILLA GOLF DAY:

KEEN golfers from near and far braved the Friday afternoon heat for a melon-themed day on the Chinchilla green.

Tee-ing off among the stars of the show, forty teams from around the region, and beyond, turned out for the afternoon ambrose.

Full coverage and photos here.

 

THURSDAY:

MELON BIG BASH:

MELON Festival hit off last night as cricket fans converged for the Melon Big Bash featuring sporting legend and former Brisbane Broncos star Alfie Langer.

The QLD Bulls Masters took on the Chinchilla and District Watermelons in an epic clash at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds.

The Chinchilla News went along to capture the moments. 


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