RALEIGH, N.C.–Prize money and bragging rights are on the line for North Carolina’s watermelon growers in the Largest Watermelon Contest. The contest, which is a part of the State Farmers Market’s Watermelon Day celebration, includes a live weigh-in and awards ceremony open to the public. Visitors also can enjoy free watermelon slices and a visit from the N.C. Watermelon Queen.
The grower with the heaviest local watermelon will take home $1,000 in prize money. Runner-up, third-place and fourth-place winners will earn $500, $300 and $200, respectively. In 2017, Danny Vester of Spring Hope won with a 237.5-pound watermelon, setting the record for the heaviest watermelon ever documented at the State Farmers Market.
Watermelon Day is sponsored by the N.C. Watermelon Association, State Farmers Market Restaurant, Ford’s Produce, R & H Produce and the State Farmers Market.
Thursday, July 26
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weigh-in begins at noon
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh
Interstate 40, exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road
The State Farmers Market is open seven days a week, and provides a wide variety seasonal produce, fresh meats, cheeses, baked goods and more. For the home gardener, market vendors also offer plants, shrubs and flowers. More information on other upcoming events can be found at www.statefarmersmarket.org.
–Monica Wood, State Farmers Market