About Hope, Arkansas

 Famous for a producing a democratic president, a republican governor, world record watermelons, and home to several thousand FEMA trailers, 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

Festival Fun

The annual Hope Watermelon Festival 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. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism)