June 26 - 29, 2008
It's a sure sign that summer is in full bloom, and there are few better ways to celebrate the heat of the Texas season that with an ice cold Luling watermelon!
Get ready for a real Texas tradition - the Luling Watermelon Thump, four days and nights of Texas fun with summer's best treat - a sweet Luling watermelon.
In 1954, Hermon Allen, principal of the Luling Elementary School, 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 the winner was a young man from Luling High School, Mr. Carol Ferguson. From that time, the Thump has been held the last Thursday through Saturday in June. For the 47th celebration organizers were happy to announce that the festival would be extended by one day to include Sunday.
Watermelon! says "Summer!" like nothing else. Thousands enjoy this four-day outdoor festival honoring the nutritious, wonderful watermelon. The Watermelon Thump hosts a carnival with kiddie rides, Beer Garden, Plenty of Food, Children's Entertainment including magicians, mime, fire eaters and the like, Street Dances, Arts & Crafts, Champion Melon Judging and Auction, World Champion Seed Spitting Contest, Rodeo, Parade, Melon Eating Contest, and more.
Not only will there will be seed spitting at the watermelon thump, Luling Watermelon Thump hosts the Guiness Book of World Records seed spitting contest.
To date the Record is 68 feet, 9 1/8 inches. Come and try to beat it! 2006 saw a spit of 68 feet 3 inches. It could happen in 2007! Kids spit on Friday the 22nd at 5:00 P.M. Register at 4:30 p.m. Adults spit on Saturday Teams (4 to a team) spit on Sunday.
In 1981 a Guinness World Record was set for the first time in Luling for the longest watermelon seed-spit. The record of 65 feet, 4 inches was set by John Wilkinson, a festival attendee from Houston, Texas. In 1989, a local man, Lee Wheelis, reestablished the record spitting a distance of 68 feet, 9 1/8 inches.
This year a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the top spitter in the Championship Contest and should Luling’s record distance be broken, an additional $500 will be added to the top prize.