Hope,  Arkansas - Watermelon Capital of the World

 Famous for a producing a democratic president, a republican governor, and world-record watermelons, Hope is a place of great diversity and rich history.

The Southwest Research and Extension Center is a proud member of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce


Watermelon watertower in Hope ArkansasThe Watermelon Festival

The annual Hope Watermelon Festival held in August is dedicated to the celebration of the region's most famous crop, featuring more than 200 arts and crafts booths, music, food, a melon eating contest, seed-spitting contest and ice-cold melon by the slice.