The five-minute video above is a great snapshot (videoshot?) of the legendary Luling Watermelon Thump festival in Luling, Texas. The Luling Watermelon Thump is the host of the biggest seed-spitting contest in America, but it’s just one of many watermelon festivals held throughout the nation each year.
If you’re hoping to combine fun and watermelon this year, below is a calendar of events. New additions to this year’s list are the Wright’s Market Watermelon Festival (the northernmost festival on the calendar) and the Arkansas Valley Fair Watermelon Day. If I’m missing any festivals, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
Also, if anyone visits any of these festivals (or others), send me some pictures ([email protected]) and I’ll post them here on What About Watermelon!
- 1 HAMPTON COUNTY WATERMELON FESTIVAL (June 22-30)
- 2 LULING WATERMELON THUMP (June 27-30)
- 3 PANHANDLE WATERMELON FESTIVAL (June 22-23)
- 4 BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL (Late June, but 2013 date TBD)
- 5 WRIGHT’S MARKET WATERMELON FESTIVAL (late July last year, 2013 date TBD)
- 6 PAGELAND WATERMELON FESTIVAL (July 19-20)
- 7 MISSISSIPPI WATERMELON FESTIVAL (July 19-20)
- 8 LOUISIANA WATERMELON FESTIVAL (July 25-27)
- 9 HOPE WATERMELON FESTIVAL (August last year, but 2013 dates TBD)
- 10 ARKANSAS VALLEY FAIR WATERMELON DAY (August 17)
LOCATION: Hampton, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Melon Miss & Master Pageant, watermelon eating contest, watermelon growing contest, parade
LOCATION: Luling, Texas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon contest, coronation of watermelon queen, watermelon eating contest, champion watermelon auction, world championship watermelon seed-spitting contest
LOCATION: Chipley, Florida
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon beauty pageant (not sure whether this one is for people or watermelons), big watermelon contest and auction, watermelon seed-spitting contest
LOCATION: DeRidder, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: “Cutting of the Melon” kick-off event, celebrity seed spitting contest
LOCATION: Mardela Springs, MD
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon games, live music, petting zoo, contests, crafts
LOCATION: Pageland, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed-spitting contest, watermelon eating contest.
LOCATION: Mize, Mississippi
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed-spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, greased watermelon race.
LOCATION: Farmerville, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed-spitting contest, largest watermelon contest, watermelon decorating, watermelon hunt, watermelon auction, watermelon quality and tasting competition, arm wrestling contest (I know the last event isn’t watermelon-related, but an arm wrestling contest is pretty cool, so I gave it a mention)
LOCATION: Hope, Arkansas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon Olympics (with a watermelon toss, among other events), a seed-spitting contest, “Watermelon Idol” talent show, watermelon eating contest
LOCATION: Rocky Ford, Colorado
HIGHLIGHTS: Free watermelon, seed-spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, watermelon derby horse race