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Watermelon Seed Spittin' World Championship Scheduled
By Tourism Industry Partner
This Independence Day, Pauls Valley will celebrate with a nationally-renowned watermelon seed-spitting contest, family events and fireworks displays.
Immortalized in the original edition of the popular, best selling family board game, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, the Annual World Championship Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest will reach its 54rth year in 2011 and has become synonymous with Pauls Valley! Held on Saturday, July 4th, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Independence Day Fireworks show, this event brings INTERNATIONAL recognition for Pauls Valley and is well known for being a Nostalgic, Family Friendly Event.
Since 1957 when the contest began, it has received national attention from past winners serving as contestants on the syndicated game show “What’s My Secret?” to being mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and in Trivial Pursuit’s® board game. Last year’s participation was one of the largest ever as people signed up in one of the six aged-based categories attempting to break the record of Jack Dietz of Chicago. Dietz launched a seed 66 feet 11 inches in 1989.
Registration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Football Stadium at Wacker Park for both male and female contestants in categories for ages 12 years old & under, 13 to 18, and 19 and above. Registration and admission to the event is free, but space is limited for contestants so be sure to be on time to sign up!
Pauls Valley’s celebration begins at 5:00 p.m. at Thompson Field football stadium in Wacker Park. The Pauls Valley Kiwanis sponsors a good old-fashioned hamburger and hot dog cook-out with iced-cold drinks and ends the day with a hand-launched fireworks show at dark. Admission is free. Come early with your lawn chairs and enjoy music, food and fun for the entire family!
For more info. contact:
Samantha Robb, Program Director, PO Box 986, Pauls Valley, OK 73075
405-238-2555 (PHONE & FAX) firstname.lastname@example.org