The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival has been held continuously since 1948. It had its beginning in 1940 and has become one of the most popular festivals in the state.
The festival has proven popular, since its beginning and the crowds have increased in number to around 20,000 to 30,000 visitors each year. Over 50,000 pounds of watermelons are purchased from area melon growers and served to festival visitors during the day.
The activities during the day include watermelon exhibits, stage shows, tiny tots contest, free watermelon feed, carnival, and arts and crafts fair.