June29–July 2

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week – June 29-July 2, 2023

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week is celebrated from the last Thursday through Sunday in June. This year, it takes place from June 29 to July 2. Originating in Texas, it involves a four-day festival celebrating all things watermelon, crowned by the very famous watermelon seed spitting contests in many parts of the country. Weekend events include parades, music, food, arts, carnival rides, and melon auctions, which raise funds to sustain local farmers.

History of Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week is the week of the Luling Watermelon Thump Festival in Texas. The name Watermelon Seed Spitting Week is a new tag for the four-day festival whose main event is the watermelon seed-spitting contest. The festival began in 1954, when Hermon Allen, Principal of the Luling Elementary School, presented the idea to celebrate and honor farmers and encourage the Luling watermelon market. Ever since the Thump has been held annually on the last Thursday through Sunday in June.

The festival came to include live music, food booths, seed-spitting contests, a parade, pageants, auctions, and car shows. It is now such a drawcard that about 30,000 people flock to Luling each year for it. A Guinness World Record was set for the first time in Luling in 1989 for the longest watermelon seed spit. The record of 65 feet, four inches was made by John Wilkinson, a festival attendee from Houston, Texas. In that same year, Lee Wheelis a local from Luling, broke this record, by spitting a distance of 68 feet, nine and one-eighth inches.

The Thump has gained fame in previous years by gifting their champion melons to celebrities, the likes of Johnny Carson and even President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the event. However, it had a big come-back in 2021, with fans delighted at its return.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week is here to have people prepare for the fun-filled festival while they enjoy and celebrate all the benefits of watermelons.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week timeline

1954
The Thump Festival is Born

The Watermelon Thump Festival begins in Luling, Texas.

1989
Luling Sets a World Record

Lee Wheelis, a local from Luling sets the Guinness World Record for the longest watermelon seed spit.

1981
The President Receives a Thump Melon

President Ronald Reagan receives the Thump champion watermelon.

2020
The Pandemic Stops Celebrations

The Covid-19 Pandemic leads to the cancelation of the watermelon festival.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week FAQs

What is the world record for watermelon seed spitting?

The world record for watermelon seed spitting is 75 feet two inches.

Can a watermelon seed grow in your stomach

Watermelon seeds along with other seeds will simply pass through your digestive system and be removed from your body in a day or two.

What is the heaviest watermelon?

“The Guinness Book of World Records” reported the largest watermelon ever grown to be 262 pounds.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week Activities

  1. Attend the festival in Texas

    Festivals are always fun and the Watermelon Thump Festival is a great way to celebrate the event. If you can do so physically, you can watch the exciting contests on T.V. or online.

  2. Eat lots of watermelons

    Watermelons are rich in vitamins and make tasty and nutritious smoothies. What better way to celebrate the week than to gorge on watermelons?

  3. Host a theme party

    Host a watermelon-themed party with your own watermelon seed-spitting contest. It is a fun way to celebrate and enjoy time with friends.

5 Interesting Facts About Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

  1. It’s a long-lasting tradition

    The watermelon festival began in 1954 making it 68 years old in 2022.

  2. Auctions are held

    Watermelon auctions are held during Watermelon Seed Spitting Week to support local growers.

  3. Watermelons are a water source

    Watermelons were used by people in desert regions as a source of water.

  4. Seedless watermelons exist

    A variety of seedless watermelons were introduced in the 1950s.

  5. It was started by a school Principal

    The late Hermon Allen, former principal of the Luling Elementary School started the watermelon four-day festival

Why We Love Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

  1. It’s fun to enter competitions

    Watermelon seed spitting contests are really fun to watch and participate in. We can get into the team spirit and encourage the entrants.

  2. It’s a chance to connect

    We get to connect with people, who share our love and glee for the event. The bond between our communities is strengthened by this holiday.

  3. Watermelons are healthy

    Watermelons are loaded with nutrients and the seeds are rich in magnesium. Find some recipes that include watermelon. For example, watermelon sorbet is cool and refreshing and you can use it in your favorite fruit salad.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week dates

YearDateDay
2022June 30Thursday
2023June 29Thursday
2024June 27Thursday
2025June 26Thursday
2026June 25Thursday

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