Mid-August we travelled up to De Leon, TX, for the annual Peach and Melon Festival.
Wow - I didn't even know they had a website until now, and I've been going for years (we have family in De Leon).
There is a carnival and a parade, but what I like is the watermelon slicing. They have crates of watermelons that have been refrigerated and put onto trailers. The main drag is cordoned off and everyone gathers on the sidewalks. Trucks pull up and they start slicing and handing out halves and quarters of red and yellow watermelons.
I'm a red melon fan. Unsalted, naturally.
After everyone has had their fill they start handing out whole watermelons to anyone that wants them.
I prefer a fork, but at last year's festival I saw someone using their credit card to slice the watermelon and shovel it in their mouth. Whatever works!
We were eating some at our friends' house and noticed a visitor coming up to the back door to finish off our rinds.
Here is the truck of the family that had a pony-ride set up at the festival. Ingenious! The only downside is that it requires a very long extension cord.