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MELLOW MELONS

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SoVaNow.com / June 16, 2014



The 34th annual Virginia Cantaloupe Festival has come and gone — but not before first drawing a sell-out crowd and rave reviews for the food, music and relaxed setting.

“We sold every one of the 1,500 tickets and people seemed to really enjoy themselves,” said Nancy Pool, executive director of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, which staged the Friday event.

With historic Berry Hill Resort providing the setting for a second year, festival goers spread out across the front lawn and congregated at the bandstand, located in the lower field, where they listened and danced to the music of Jim Quick and Coastline and the Matt Boswell & the Hillbilly Blues Band.

“People could hear the music, partake of the food and enjoy the opportunity of catching up with old friends,” Pool said.

A common observation, she added, was that folks apparently liked the way the festival was laid out on the Berry Hill grounds, which last year supplanted the county fairgrounds as the event site.

“Of course, we had our traditional Cantaloupe Festival rain shower which came shortly after 5 p.m,,” Pool observed wryly. But people took cover under tents and many had brought umbrellas.

The storm did not bring thunder or lightning or hard winds, and it lasted only a few minutes, Pool said. She noted that after the showers let up, a cool breeze floated through — making for an ideal early summer evening to sample cantaloupe and enjoy time with friends.

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Yeah- using imported 'lopes, because everyone knows melons don't come in here until late July and August.

As a member of one of the original Turbeville Cantaloupe Growers Association families, I take exception to that.


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