Watermelon eating contest

Trip Start May 25, 2013
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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with Bill and Maureen Rowe

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, July 6, 2013

I might be further south than I think.  I visited the town of Independence, OR today with my cousin Maureen.  She gave me a tour of town and took me to see the campus of the Western State University where she used to work in Monmouth, OR and where her sister Marilyn, another cousin, now works. I must admit that I was very impressed by the presentation of both towns and the University campus. Lots of nice flowers, all new streets and sidewalks, no litter or derelict buildings on the main through fares.  Overall, very aesthetically pleasing.  Bill was telling me that the towns have been gradually implementing beautification plans over a long period of time and the results are very nice and appear to be sustainable.

After a tour of town, we went to see the farmers market and what was left from the Independence Day celebrations.  We toured by all the food booths and I noticed a small carnival area for the kids. We strolled to the riverside and Maureen showed me where the fireworks would be fired off at 10 pm.  As we were headed out of the park, there was an announcement of a watermelon eating contest.  Well, I have never seen a watermelon eating contest so we stayed to watch the first two groups of contestants. The first group was the 3-5 year olds.  The second group was 6-9 year olds. The young kids were allowed to eat with their hands.  

 The first group did not seem to be aware they were in a contest and would have needed much of the day to eat the watermelon to the white.  Eventually, they just looked to see who had eaten the most and declared the winners on that basis.  The second group of kids were older but definitely aware that they were competing.  Two of the kids were really aggressive and focused strictly on eating the watermelon while the others chewed quickly, but seemed preoccupied with their surroundings more than their watermelons.  I think the pictures will tell the story.  The winners looked a bit queasy.  I wonder how the winner felt when he went on his free rides for the rest of the day?
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