Frequently Asked Questions

1.       Where are the bathrooms?
We have portable bathrooms set up all over the festival.  For a map check out our website.

2.       Who puts on the Howell Melon Festival?
The Howell Melon Festival is put on by Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority in conjunction with the City of Howell.  We are a small staff and as such most of the festival is run by our awesome volunteer crew and community partners!  You can find a list of them here.

3.       Is there a parade?
Sadly we do not have a parade.

4.       When does packet-pickup for the Melon Run start and where is it?

On-site packet pickup starts Friday, August 18th at 5:00pm on State Street.  There will also be on-site registration for the 1 mile, 5K, and 10K races there as well.

5.       Can I still get a race shirt?
Sadly we are all out of race shirts for this year?  Late registrants will still receive a 40th Annual Melon Run medal for completing the 5K/10K.

6.       Where are awards for the Melon Run?
The awards will be on Clinton/State Street where the run began.  Just look for the grey trailer near State Street.  Results will be posted on the side of it.

7.        When will race results be posted online?
We will post them on facebook and when we receive them from our race company.  They will be posted not later than Monday, August 21st.

8.       Are pictures taken of the race?  Where and when can I see those?
We take pictures of the race.  Oftentimes some of them will be posted live from the race site but usually the rest of them will go up the week following the festival.  We will post these to our facebook when we receive them.

9.       When does (insert event/activity here) start?
For a full list of all of our festival activities and their times and locations, check out our Daily Festival Schedule.

10.       Where can I get information about the festival on-site?
For on-site help and information, be sure to stop by our Melon Festival information booth.  It will be set up at the Corner of Grand River & Michigan Ave. Saturday-Sunday, August 19th-20th.

11.     Why wasn’t (insert event/activity here) at the festival?
We try to bring a good variety of events, entertainers, and activities to the festival each year.  As such, not everything is at the festival every year.  If there was an event, activity, or performer you really enjoyed, or missed this year, let us know by emailing us at

12.      Where can I get Melon Ice Cream?
The delicious Melon Ice Cream we have every year is sold on the Howell Courthouse lawn by the lovely folks from the Howell Rotary Club.

13.     Do I still get free Melon Ice Cream for running the 5K/10K?
Yes you do!  Just take the tear off ticket on the bottom of your race bib to the Melon Ice Cream booth at the Howell Courthouse Lawn and you’ll receive your free cup of ice cream!

14.     Can my dog come to the festival?
Absolutely!  All dogs must be on a leash and well behaved.  Owners must clean up after their dogs.  Dogs are not permitted in the Howell Melon Run or the Festival Tent at any time.

15.     How can I help the Howell Melon Festival?
The number one thing you can do is let us know!  Leave a review on our facebook and let us know what your favorite parts were.  If you want to help by contributing your time, considering volunteering with us next year!