Have you ever participated in a watermelon eating contest? I never have, but confession: I’ve always wanted to! How fun would it be to dig into a watermelon, no holds barred, not worry what you look like and just eat? Or maybe you’re a seed spitter — you know, the person who takes a bite and spits a seed across the patio into the dirt. Or maybe you’re a foodie who likes to carve your food and looks at produce as a project waiting to happen? If yes, the Watermelon Festival is for you!
The annual Watermelon Festival occurs the weekend of August 13-14 in Lakeview Terrace; it’s just outside of Los Angeles, off the 210 freeway at the site of the new Hansen Dam Soccer Complex. If you attend, you’ll have your chance to show off your seed-spitting, watermelon carving AND watermelon eating skills. You can also wear watermelon gear to be entered into the wearable art contest, so get out those watermelon leggings, watermelon earrings or your watermelon-themed outfit!
There are also rides, and things like a zip line, Euro Bungy, rock climbing and water tag. Relay races, a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides…the list goes on of fun family events to do at the 54th Watermelon Festival. If you just want to eat free watermelon, this is the place!
I was given a four-pack of tickets so my family and I could attend the festival, along with a set of four tickets to share with you! Enter my giveaway for a chance to win four tickets via the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below. (Tickets will come directly from me; they are hard-copy tickets, meaning they will come via regular mail, so if you win, you will need to provide me with your name and physical address.)
Enter for a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the Watermelon Festival!
Want to learn more about it? Visit the official website here. The Watermelon Festival is a full-fledged family event, with a list of bands performing throughout the weekend. You can buy tickets online, or you can buy them at the gate. The festival began 54 years ago in honor of the watermelon, the prized crop of the eastern San Fernando Valley foothills.
Watermelon Festival Ticket Costs:
General Admission: $10
Kids (ages 3-12) $6
Children (ages 2 and under) FREE
Food booths take cash only, so come prepared. ATMs will be available in case you can’t get cash ahead of time or if you run out. (You can purchase tickets with cash OR credit card.) Hours are 11am – 10pm Saturday and noon – 10pm on Sunday. Parking is free.