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Spit Farther!

Paul Stekler

Sound | 2001

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This ten minute documentary short, entitled "Spit Farther!", showcases the annual Luling, TX watermelon festival, the Watermelon Thump. Located thirty miles southeast of Austin, Luling has held its annual Thump in late June for over fifty years in celebration of its watermelon industry. The weekend event features a parade headlined by the "Watermelon Queen" and her court, contests for best locally grown watermelon, watermelon eating, and, as the main event, the "world" championship watermelon seed spitting contest. The footage seen here is from the very start of the adult division spitting competition – the world record of which is said to be over 69 feet. "Spit Farther!" was produced by University of Texas filmmaker Paul Stekler, who re-used some of this footage in his 2002 film "Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style," which focused on a race for state representative in a district that includes Luling.