Monday, June 20, 2011

Be There: Luling Watermelon Thump

The Luling Watermelon Thump on tap for the last full weekend in June is fun for the whole family.

Luling first hosted the Watermelon Thump in 1954, when Hermon Allen, a school prinicipal, proposed the idea of a celebration to honor the growers and promote the Luling watermelon market. A contest was held to name the event and honor was won by a student, Mr. Carol Ferguson. From that time, the Thump has been held the last full weekend in June.

Be there from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 27, the Luling Watermelon Thump is a four-day festival with plenty for everyone - music, watermelon judging, watermelon eating, watermelon seed-spitting, dancing, food, drink and good times.

I attended the very first Luling Watermelon Thump with my family on a visit with an aunt and uncle who owned a woman's dress shop in town and also raised cattle and watermelon on a local farm.

Three things stand out: Texas is so hot in June that the tarmac melts under your sandals. Careful where you step near the stock tank; there are snakes. The watermelon thump is a whole lot of fun.

The price of admission varies. For details, go to: Luling Watermelon Thump

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