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When I was a child growing up in Beauregard Parish, one of my favorite things about summer was watermelon. During the summer, we would eat watermelons, have seed-spitting contests, and float the rinds down the creek. Grandma would try to collect as many seeds as she could before we children broadcast them all over the front lawn in our seed-spitting contests. She would save her seed collection for the next year’s planting season – when my grandfather would cultivate a new crop of watermelons.
Watermelons have been a part of Beauregard Parish’s history for generations, especially in Sugartown, a community in Beauregard Parish that is regionally renowned for its watermelons. The Beauregard Tourism Commission began hosting the Beauregard Watermelon Festival 12 years ago in conjunction with the watermelon harvest. This year’s festival will be held on June 23-24 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds.
For more watermelon fun, the library will also share watermelon programs the week before the festival. We will have watermelon carving demonstrations, seed-spitting contests, make watermelon slushies, and sample other watermelon treats. We hope that you will join us at one of the following locations for Build a Better World through Agriculture on:
Wednesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. South Beauregard (room behind the State Farm building – next to the library. For more details, ask the South Beauregard librarian.)
Friday, June 23 at: 10:00 a.m. Merryville
11:30 a.m. Singer
2:30 p.m. Hyatt