52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival Recap

Watermelon Festival

Even though it was a scorching 95 degrees last weekend, because watermelon is my favorite fruit, I was mentally focused on braving the elements and getting myself to the 52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival. This is also my first trip to the world-famous Rose Bowl, so double my pleasure!


First and foremost, the watermelon slices were out of this world. I’m sure all the farmers there produced top-notch watermelons. But I personally sampled slices by Sweet Treat by Pappas & Co. and George Perry & Sons. They both were to die for! Sweet and juicy, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. These are some of the best watermelons I’ve ever tasted.

Watermelon Carvings

Watermelon Phoenix

We also saw some amazing watermelon carvings. Check out these masterpieces from the Art Institute of the Inland Empire and Chef Joseph Poon. He even carved Baby Buck a watermelon dragon!

Baby Buck became the youngest participant in a watermelon eating contest. Although he didn’t win, he did take home a cute Watermelephant from the upcoming Sony picture, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. We were also treated to Radio Disney, Karissa Lee, Leela Belly Dance, Miracle Dolls, and Sad Robot.

Joseph Poon Amber Nolin

Finally, we were dazzled by Amber Nolin, the National Watermelon Queen and her vast knowledge of watermelons. Here’s a few.

What gives watermelon its red color (same thing found in tomatoes)?

What percentage of watermelon is water?

Name the three vitamins that are abundantly found in watermelons.

Special thanks to the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club and Marcia Groff for a wonderful time. For more information about watermelons, visit www.watermelon.org. For more information on the Watermelon Festival, visit www.lionswatermelonfestival.com and www.facebook.com/watermelonfestival. Can’t wait till next year!

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8 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I love watermelon, but if I eat too much I end up with a stomach ache. At a watermelon festival I would probably end up with a stomach ache. It might be worth it though.

    Love these event reports you do. Keep getting out there in the field!

  2. It amazes me to see how people can carve such wondrous sculptures out of things like watermelon.

  3. Rita P says:

    I loved those watermelon carving photos. Hope you enjoyed the festival and had great fun!

  4. Untemplater says:

    Those are some cool watermelon pics! I love the taste of a super crisp, perfectly sweet watermelon. Although it’s hard to find yellow watermelons, I’ve had a few in the past that were so delicious.

    When I was in Monterey recently, I saw a restaurant that had a 130 pound giant watermelon on display. It was enormous! (and a good way to lure in tourists) 🙂

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