Laura’s Southern Dish: Watermelon

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records the heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2005 – it weighed 268.8 pounds!  That is a lot of watermelon!  August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so let’s celebrate with a big slice, some seed spitting and fun melon festivals!

Come join the folks in Winterville, North Carolina for the 26th Annual Watermelon Festival held August 25th-27th.  Lots of fun for the kids including seed spitting contest, watermelon roll contest, sack races, inflatable obstacle course, amusement park rides, balloon art and face painting.  Of course we aren’t leaving out the adults – there is plenty of fun for you too – including a craft show, flea market, car show, watermelon parade, and watermelon eating contest.  This year’s festival also features some great entertainment including concerts by the Temptations, Katie Armiger, James Wesley and Rodney Atkins.  Check them out at www.watermelonfest.com

Arkansas is also celebrating watermelon at the 35th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival  August 11th-13th.  This festival boasts Southwest Arkansas’s largest arts and crafts show (over 300 booths!), music, food, softball tournament and of course ice cold watermelon!   There are plenty of melon events to watch or participate in such as seed spitting contest, melon toss and watermelon eating contest.  The City of Hope draws over 50,000 visitors to the festival – hope you are one of them!   For directions and pictures of Mr. Bright’s 268.8 lb watermelon check out www.hopemelonfest.com.

Don’t let the days of summer slip away any faster than they have to – gather those you love and hit the parks and picnic tables and have your own watermelon celebration!

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  1. Marylyn Gillespie says:

    Thank you, thank you — my mixing bowls arrived today — well packaged and in fine condition and they are wonderful. Can’t wait to use them.
    I’m telling everyone about my good fortune in winning them.

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