June 25--Three big country and bluegrass entertainers will hit the stage at this weekend's Panhandle Watermelon Festival in Chipley. Admission is free and the gates at Pals Park open at 5 p.m. Friday.
Country star Andy Griggs will open the Friday show at 6 p.m. His biggest hits include "You Won't Ever Be Lonely," "Grow Young With You" and "She's More," with several others breaking into the Top Ten.
Headliner Joe Diffie will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. that evening. The Grammy-winner's songs include "John Deere Green," "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox," "Pickup Man" and "So Help Me Girl."
Saturday, the festival picks up at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Hot Trot Run at the Washington Holmes Technical Center. While the runners are hustling toward the finish line, spectators can amble off to the Shrine Clubhouse for the festival's traditional pancake breakfast.
The Watermelon Parade gets underway at 10 a.m. Line-up is at Chipley High School, with the participants moving eastward on U.S. 90 through the downtown area.
After the parade, Crossroads will take the stage. The band's gospel show begins at 11 a.m. Festival queens will be introduced at 11:45 a.m. A watermelon contest and auction will follow at noon.
The Summertime Magic Art Show, hosted by the Washington County Arts Council, will be on display throughout the festival in the east wing of the county agriculture center. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the ag center grands, and visitors can get a free slice of watermelon at the Kiwanis table while supplies last.
At 1:30 p.m., Dailey and Vincent bring their masterful bluegrass and shimmering harmonies to the stage. Featuring Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, the band regularly plays to sell-put crowds around the country. Their show will wrap up the musical portion of the festival. The duo has numerous award to its credit, including three turns as Entertainer of the Year and three additional nods as Vocal Group of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Awards organization. They have been nominated twice for a Grammy and have won Dove Awards. They've won multiple awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, and took home the Gospel Music Association's Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2011. They are regularly featured on RFDTV programs such as Country's Family Reunion, Larry's Country Diner and gospel-focused shows. Both mentored by Ricky Scaggs, the two are considered among the best that bluegrass has to offer.
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