Lisa and I talked with Anna Powell in Hope, Arkansas this morning by phone about this weekend's Hope Watermelon Festival and how it starts off with an "Urban Cowboy" reunion show featuring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, plus show opener Buddy Jewell!

The audio is below:

Lisa and I also did a few minutes talking about it in the After the Show, Show with Facebook Live this morning:

The 42 Annual Hope Watermelon Festival returns to Hope, Arkansas August 9 - 11, 2018, and along with some of the best watermelon you've ever tasted, this year's Friday night concert will feature an Urban Cowboy reunion with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee.

The festival will feature tons of activities and entertainment, including:

  • Watermelon 5K Fun Run
  • Dog Show
  • Watermelon eating contest
  • The "Watermelon Idol" talent contest
  • Gospel music Saturday night
  • Pro Wrestling Saturday evening
  • Car Show
  • Watermelon by the slice
  • Baggo Tournament
  • Arts & crafts
  • Lots of food

To sign up for the Watermelon Idol Talent Show go here and fill out the form.

5K Run/Walkers can sign up here.

Car Show? Sign up here.

General information can be found online at Also on the event page on Facebook. Vendors, there's still time to secure a booth for this year's festival, sign up at the same site.