Watermelon Day Saturday at Farmers Market

Watermelon file photo
A scene from the 2018 watermelon eating contest at the Columbus County Community Farmers Market (FB photo).

Nothing says summer like a “red to the rind” watermelon.
Whether it’s a Charleston Grey on a grandmother’s porch after Sunday dinner, a truckload of Congos at Vacation Bible School, a volunteer hybrid broken open on the tailgate of a tobacco truck — or even teenagers stealing a melon in the dead of night — watermelons invoke memories for almost everyone in southeastern North Carolina.
The Columbus County Farmers Market will celebrate the traditional fruit this Saturday. Watermelon Day at the Farmers Market will feature free samples of watermelon and ice cream, a seed spitting contest for contestants ages six to 106, and more. The longest-distance seed spitters will receive prizes and bragging rights.
Royalty from the N.C. Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff will also be in attendance. The market will also feature a number of kids activities and a raffle. Lunch will be available onsite.

The market will be focusing on melons, but all kinds of local produce, artisan crafts, and other local products will be available.

The Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is free. It’s located at 132 Government Complex Rd., Whiteville. For more information, go to www.columbuscountyfarmersmarket.org.

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