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Pardeeville – City of Lakes


Pardeeville is located in Columbia County, three miles north of Wyocena and home of their famous Watermelon Festival.  The village was founded by Yates Ashley and John S. Pardee. It was incorporated as a village in 1899. The village has two large lakes, Spring and Park Lake, so plenty of water recreation.

Pardeeville Sign

The downtown has several historic buildings and even a water tower like the one in Oregon

Pardeeville water tower

Here is a mural.

Pardeeville mural

One of their most impressive structures is the Angie Williams Cox Library. These plaques are affixed to the outside of the building.  It also has a beautiful courtyard and clock to mind your time while you read your book!

Angie Williams Cox Library

Angie Williams Cox library historic marker

Angie Cox plaque

Angie Cox Library courtyard

Another historic building is the former Belmont Hotel, now the Myrtle Lintner museum.

Myrtle Lintner Spear Museum

Pardeeville Water Sports will help you make the most of your visit enjoying the lakes. If you like camping,  Indian Trails Campground has lots of activities.

Pardeeville Watersports

If you are hungry, the On the Way Cafe has delicious food.

On the Way Cafe in Pardeeville

Labor Day weekend the popular Car and Truck show takes place.  The next Saturday after that is the Watermelon Festival.

Stop by Pardeeville, it’s a fun place with plenty of things to do!

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival

First Saturday in September

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival signBig watermelon sign

It was my first time attending the Pardeeville Watermelon festival and it sure was fun!  The local people are friendly and I sure felt like one that day.  Photographer Mark D. Taylor and I hit it off right away. He assisted in many of the events at the festival.   This festival is full of great kid-activities. There is a hay dive, kids search a big pile of hay for prize tokens.

Hay Dive at Pardeeville Watermelon Festival 2013

Wayne the Wizard entertained also, mixing fun tricks with science. There were many more games too.

Wayne the Wizard

There was lots of free watermelon (donations accepted!) provided by Alsum Farms and Produce. Yum!

Alsum Watermelon

There was a watermelon carving contest too.  This Viking ship and shark were quite cute!

Watermelon Viking shipWatermelon shark

There was also a watermelon seed spitting contest, as well as speed eating by all age groups.  Both are officially sanctioned contests.

Watermelon Seep-spitting and Speed Eating records

Low flying seedsWatermelon Seed Spitting

Watermelon Speed Eating

There were also many vendors selling great watermelon crafts.  Wesleyan Bible church sold these cute watermelon necklaces. Picket Fence Boutique had these cute visors and fly swatters.

Watermelon crafts-Picketfenceboutiquewatermelon necklace

Local groups participate in making the festival a great success. Concessions were provided by the Pardeeville EMS.  Another group is the Pardeeville Cub Scouts. They participate in July 4 events as well.  They are always looking for new members. Call Adam Milkowski at 608-617-0580 or email ammilkowski@gmail.com if you are interested.

This was a great festival, I hope to go next year!

Watermelon Festival 2014