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Home of the Watermelon Festival

Grand Bay is an area located several miles inland of the Mississippi Sound and is well known for its watermelon, although a lot of the land features pecan, peach and satsuma trees.

The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, a July 4th tradition since 1973, offers tourists and locals an opportunity to sample locally grown watermelon while enjoying amusement rides, arts and crafts, and interesting displays from area merchants.

Another unique feature of this area is the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1992, this 10,188-acre refuge helps protect one of the largest remaining expanses of wet pine savanna habitats on the Gulf Coast, and partially overlays the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Together, they protect nearly 18,000 acres of relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat.

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