An organizer says this year`s Hope Watermelon Festival could be the biggest in several years. Hope Chamber of Commerce director Mark Keith says at least 253 booths for vendors and exhibitors have been arranged. The event started today and runs through Sunday. In addition to the arts and crafts vendors, lots of activities and events are scheduled for visitors. The traditional watermelon judging and auction will begin at ten a-m Saturday. Other traditional events slated include a dog show, an antique car show and motorcycle show. There`s also a watermelon-eating contest, seed spitting contest, arm-wrestling contest, horseshoe tournament and "hillbilly horseshoes."