Guide to the Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic

Lace up your running shoes and join in on a fun-filled Fourth of July event in Jackson!

The Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic, benefitting the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, takes place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. This annual event is not only a great way to celebrate Independence Day but also one of the largest fundraisers for the Museum. By participating, you'll help keep the doors open to visitors from all over the world and contribute to preserving Mississippi's rich sports heritage for future generations.

Race Day Events

The Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic offers a range of events to cater to runners and walkers of all levels. You can choose between a chip-timed 5k Run, a 5k Walk, or a 1 Mile Fun Run. Whether you're a seasoned runner aiming for a personal best or looking for a fun activity with friends and family, there's an option for everyone to enjoy.

Quick Facts

To ensure you have all the necessary information to participate in the Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic, here are some quick facts to keep in mind:

  • This year's event will be held on Tuesday, July 4, so mark your calendars and plan accordingly.
  • The event includes a chip-timed 5k Run, a 5k Walk, or a 1 Mile Fun Run.
  • Registration fees will increase after June 29, 2023, so make sure to secure your spot early.
  • Registration closes on July 3, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Please note that there will be no race day registration, so make sure to register before the deadline.
  • Starting on Thursday, June 29, you can collect your race packet until Saturday, July 1, and again on Monday, July 3. The pick-up times are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. If you're unable to make it on these days, there will also be a race day packet pick-up from 6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4.
MS Watermelon Classic Race Route

Race Route

The Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic will kick off on Lakeland Drive, right in front of the Ag Museum. From there, participants will make their way through the scenic course, with the finish line located in the parking lot in front of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. It's a picturesque route that showcases the best of the LeFleur Museum District area.

Where to Stay

If you're visiting from out of town or simply want to make the most of your Fourth of July experience, consider staying at one of the excellent hotels near the race route. Two highly recommended options are the Residence Inn by Marriott at The District at Eastover and Homewood Suites Fondren.

Where to Drink and Celebrate

After crossing the finish line and achieving your running goals, it's time to celebrate!

Hickory Pit at Canton Mart Square will have music from Ralph Miller from 5-8 pm at their BBQ Bash, plus giveaways, a raffle and more. Nearby at Highland Village's La Cour Kitchen and Bar, indulge in French, Continental, and new American cuisines with Creole linguine, a veggie burger, redfish, filets and ribeyes.

And, Jackson classic Scrooge's will be ready for you. The menu includes delicious pub food and classics like pizza, sandwiches, red beans and rice, and anything in between.