Bring Your Inner Seed-Spitter to Luling’s Wonderfully Quirky Watermelon Thump

click to enlarge COURTESY OF LULING WATERMELON THUMP
Courtesy of Luling Watermelon Thump
Coming in at number two on “Motel 6’s Top Six Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017,” the beloved Luling Watermelon Thump is a unique summer festival that might just bring the seed-spitter out of you. Occurring every last weekend in June since 1954, the watermelon jubilee features a four-day carnival, watermelon parade, live music, car shows, food and vendor booths, a beer garden and an array of games. Crowd favorite watermelon-y events include seed-spitting and melon-growing contests, both of which offer hefty cash prizes to the top three winners. Those aiming to break the Guinness World Record for watermelon seed-spitting (and winning the $1,000 grand prize) should come prepared to spit a seed farther than 69 feet. The Watermelon Thump is Luling’s largest event, bringing a consistent 30,000 attendees to the quaint town of 5,000. This quirky small-town Texas festival is sure to bring out the watermelon-lover in anyone who attends. $5 grounds admission (free for kids 12 and under), 5:30pm-midnight Thu, Jun. 22, 10am-midnight Fri, Jun. 23 & Sat, Jun. 24, 10am-9pm Sun, Jun. 25, Luling Watermelon Thump, 421 E. Davis St., (830) 875-3214, watermelonthump.com.
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