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Luling Watermelon Thump: Awards Ceremony and Interview (1992)

Jim Ruddy

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  •  The trophy and prize money is awarded to Clinton Giles 
  •  Ruddy interview Giles 
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This unedited footage, taped by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy, 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 world record of which is said to be over 69 feet. This clip features the final award ceremony and an interview with grand prize winner Clinton Giles.