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Watermelon weigh off at Washington

By John Miller, 08/26/13 3:17 PM

Jake Holloway of Bowden, Georgia weighs in a watermelon at 209.75 pounds in 2011 at the Washington Farmers Market Watermelon Weigh-off.

There will be plenty of fun at Historic Washington State Park Saturday, Aug. 31.

Williams Tavern Restaurant will be serving a breakfast buffet just for the special event, then join the staff of Historic Washington after the weigh- off for lunch at the tavern, historic tours, surrey rides, and a day to celebrate the end of Summer. Tours and surrey rides are $8 for adults and $4 for children (6-12).

7-11 a.m.: Registration for the watermelon weigh-off.

Seed spitting and watermelon relay all morning

7:30-11 a.m.: Williams Tavern Restaurant will be open for breakfast

8-11:30 a.m.: Watermelon carving contest begins ($5 entry fee)

9:30 a.m.: Melody Boys will perform

10 a.m.: Recipe Tasting Contest (prepare a recipe using watermelon)

11:30 a.m.: Judging of the Carved Watermelons

11:30 a.m.: Announcement of Watermelon Weigh Off Winners

Sponsored by Hope Chamber of Commerce

Local civic clubs, businesses, or other organizations are invited to have a presence there. Washington is approximately 10 miles northwest of Hope on Highway 278. Parking and admission to the market is free. For more information call 870-703-4154 (leave message please).