As soon as I saw the Watermelon Queen wielding a scepter with a watermelon slice attached to the end of it, I knew I was going all in. A reader sent us a tip about the following:

Next weekend {July 13th and 14th} McDade, Texas, 30 minutes east of Austin on hwy 290, hosts the 64th edition of their Watermelon Festival.

It promises to be a beauty. There will be a Watermelon Queen coronation, a street dance with the music of the Crop Dusters, prizes for heaviest melons, mobile taco carts, and barbecue plate lunches for sale.

We're suckers for small town events like these so expect to see us out there posing for pictures with the watermelon princesses, begging for rides in the conestoga wagons, and hefting melons left and right.

website for the event http://www.mcdadetexas.com/index.html

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