Chinchilla Melon Festival
12 - 15 February 2015
You have Skied, Bungied, Slipped, Slided, Spat and (hopefully) enjoyed what we had to offer. Now its time to tell us what you thought of our iconic festival!
The good the bad and the ugly, we want it all, as it can only be a festival for the people that way!
If you`ve never seen anyone split open 47 watermelons in 60 seconds using nothing but, well... their own melon, you should probably come to the Chinchilla Melon Festival for one heck of a good laugh!
Known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, Chinchilla produces a quarter of Australia’s melons and celebrates the fact biennially in February. Join with the locals for some hilarious fun and festivities as events, such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, melon bullseye, pip spitting and melon tossing, get into full throw.
There’s back-to-back entertainment for the whole family with markets, a street parade, arts and crafts, a poets` breakfast, luncheons, free concerts, and loads more over the week. So pull on some old clothes and take to the streets of Chinchilla, that are awash with melon mayhem. But be warned: you might end up in a very sticky situation!
Some of the excitement to look forward to includes:
- The ever-popular Melon Skiing;
- Melon Dash for Cash;
- Melon Bungee;
- Melon Bullseye;
- Melon Ball Games;
- Chariot Race;
- Melon Ironman;
- Pip Spitting Competition;
- Street stalls and a Parade
- Art & Craft Competition;
- The FREE Family Concert.
In 2009, the Chinchilla Melon Festival won a Queensland Regional Achievement Award for Events and Tourism. The Melon Festival Committee works so hard to make each Festival fun and exciting, and it is great to see their efforts recognised!
IT`S A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD!
The big news from the 2009 Festival was that John Allwood broke 47 melons with his head in one minute for the Guinness World Record (his previous record in 2007 was 40)! The Reuters video footage from his 2007 record can be viewed below.