One of the best small town parties in the Great State; the Luling Watermelon Thump is a 4 day bacchanal of watermelon eating, beauty pageants, live music and of course plenty beer drinking and meat smoking.

Lee Wheelis of Luling made the whole shebang internationally famous when he spat a watermelon seed 68 feet 9 1/8 inches to garner an inclusion in the Guiness Book of World Records. Caldwell County’s finest young fillies all compete to see who will win the title of Thump Queen. Beauty may fade for the winner but the gold on the title Thump Queen will never tarnish.

We grew up in the South where watermelon eating means driving down a dusty road and buying a Georgia Rattlesnake off the back of an old farmer’s pick up truck. Luling’s relatively metropolitan affair still holds strong appeal however.


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