One of the best things about summer is all the fruit you can enjoy at the peak of freshness. A highlight I look forward to every summer is attending the Howell Melon Festival.

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One of the best things about summer is all the fruit you can enjoy at the peak of freshness. A highlight I look forward to every summer is attending the Howell Melon Festival.

This year, the festival takes place Aug. 19 through 21, with a kickoff ceremony the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18.

The family-friendly event will feature concerts, carnival rides and games, historic steam locomotive rides, the 34th Annual Melon Run, boat cruises, sidewalk sales, trolley tours and of course, plenty of delicious Howell melon!

Celebrating its 51st year, the melon festival was first held in 1960 and was started by the Howell Jaycees. Nowadays, the annual tradition is carried on by the Howell Downtown Development Authority and brought to you in partnership with the city of Howell, Howell Parks and Recreation Authority, Livingston Arts Council, Howell Rotary Club, Howell Area Historical Society, Howell Kiwanis Club, Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, Humane Society of Livingston County and is sponsored by numerous local businesses.

For more information on the Howell Melon Festival, visit: www.howellmelonfestival.com.

Whether you come out for the fun-filled events or to get your fill of delicious Howell melon, I hope to see you at the Howell Melon Festival!

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.
 

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