Annual Watermelon Festival, June 2-4, 2017

Games, competition, sweet Florida watermelon

Save the date: Plan to celebrate the summer harvest season at Fleamasters' Annual Watermelon Festival, June 2-4, 2017. This event gets bigger and better each year, making it a great time to plan a trip to Fleamasters or plan to sell at the market. Highlights include: Speed Eating and Seed Spitting Competition, Community Showcase Exhibition Area, live entertainment, skill games, stilt walker, balloon animals, delicious locally grown watermelon.

New! Cow Milking Contest for kids 12 and under. Try your hand milking our wooden cows! Win a medal or prize... only $1 to enter.

Sign up for Sunday's Speed Eating Competition (2:30 pm) at the event. The registration table opens at 1:00 pm. Speed eating entry fee is $10 adults, $7 for youth age 16 & under. All entrants receive a complimentary Watermelon Festival T-shirt, while supplies last. Good luck... we'll see you at the market!

Exhibition Aisle


Showcase your Wares in the Community Exhibition Area

Artists, Crafters and Non-profits are invited to display and sell your wares at the Watermelon Festival Community Showcase, June 2-4, 2017. No white tent needed! 12x10-ft covered booths available for artists, crafters and photographers for about $5 per day (Fleamasters' special crafter rate). Non-profits receive great exposure and FREE display space.

Perfect opportunity for:
• Outdoor/Environmental groups, education and activities
• Nature arts, crafts and photography
• Artisans to display and sell paintings, sculpture, ceramics, fabric, and art in all mediums
• Parks and recreation
• Youth groups and activities
• Charitable organizations
• Sustainable living, organic gardening, green products

Share the exciting things your company or organization offers at Fleamasters 2016 Watermelon Festival. Bring brochures, a demo, pre-packaged samples, an interactive activity, displays, giveaways, etc. If you wish to sell or bring your organization to the 2017 Watermelon Festival, you may reserve your space in advance. Download an application, or call 239-334-7001 for information.

Exhibitor Application

Watermelon Competitions

It's time to practice up for the 2017 Seed Spitting and Speed Eating Competitions! Anyone can play and win.

Speed eating competition

SEED SPITTING The entry fee is $1 for 3 seeds, enter as many times as you want. Three age groups, lots of chances to win. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a year's bragging rights, a Festival T-shirt and official Watermelon Festival Medal. 1st place winners also receive $25 Flea Dollars. Break the world record (75-feet, 9-1/8 inches), and you'll win $500 cash!

SPEED EATING Speed eating entry fee is $10 adults, $7 for youth age 16 & under. All entrants receive complimentary Watermelon Festival T-shirt. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each age group receive a year's bragging rights and official Watermelon Festival Medals. 1st place winners receive prize packs including Flea Dollars to spend in the market.

SPEED EATING


2016 Speed Eating Champions

Adult
First Place: Nicole Kohler, Ft. Myers, FL
Second: Caitlin Kohler, Ft. Myers, FL
Third: John Billero, Cape Coral, FL

11-16 yr olds
First: Jaime Arbelo, Ft. Myers, FL
Second: Kristine Springard, Leghigh Acres, FL
Third: Nadia Ortiz

10 & under
First: Tia Johnson, Ft. Myers, FL
Second: Jacob Hernandez, Ft. Myers, FL
Third: Jordan Santos, Lehigh Acres, FL


2014 Speed Eating Champions

Adult
First Place: Caitlyn Ray, Ft. Myers, FL
Second: Nelson Ortega, Ft. Myers, FL
Third: Ina Meissner, Voerde, Germany

11-16 yr olds
First: Jhonston Aguinag
Second: Krissy Springard, Lehigh Acres, FL
Third: Brooke Arnold, Cape Coral, FL

10 & under
First: Isabelle Glaab, Cape Coral, FL
Second: Diego Monterio, Ft. Myers, FL
Third: Ashlin Muniz, N. Ft. Myers, FL

 

2013 Speed Eating Champions

Adult
1st place - Caitlyn Ray, Ft. Myers, FL
2nd place - Marc Damon, Ft. Myers, FL
3rd place - Leslie Monsa, Fountain Inn, SC

11-16 yr olds
1st place - Kennice Beaubrun, Cape Coral, FL
2nd place - Casey Cowart, Cumming, GA
3rd place - Steven Rossomando, Cape Coral, FL

10 & under
1st place - Jiri Horesovsky, Jupiter, FL
2nd place - Rebecca Pacter, Naples, FL
3rd place - Tia Johnson, Ft. Myers FL

1. Championship event is open to all! Please register in one of these three age groups: (A) age 10 & under (B) 11 - 16 (C) 17 & over
2. Speed eating entry fee is $10 adults, $7 for youth age 16 & under. All entrants receive complimentary Watermelon Festival T-shirt, while supplies last.
3. Winning contestant(s) will be first to eat 1/4 watermelon slice (rind not included).
4. Melon must remain on table and tray. No hands may be used.
5. Seed spitting shall be done in a restrained manner, and confined to tray. Seeds spit onto other competitor’s slice will be grounds for disqualification.
6. Quickness is the major factor in determining winners. However, bonus points may be awarded for technique, costumes and gear (raincoats, rubber boots, etc.)
7. Decisions of judges shall be final. In case of tie, a second heat may be ordered.
8. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each age group receive a year's bragging rights and official Watermelon Festival Medals. 1st place winners receive prize packs.

 

SEED SPITTING

Seed Spitting Record Holders

Adult - Brent Ray - 71' (2016)
11-16 Division - Ivan Martinez 28' 3" (2015)
10 & under Division - Jiri Horesovsky - 25' (2013)

 

2016 Seed Spitting Champions

Adult
First Place: Brent Ray 71'
Second: Ralph Tarantino 44'
Third: Kristi Rickman 35'

11-16 yr olds
First: Riley Johnson 19'
Second: Tye Phoenix 17'
Third: Virgil Mulloy 16'

10 & under
First: Batul Kasem 20' 3"
Second: Riley Davis 19' 1"
Third: Jacob Hernandez 18"


2015 Seed Spitting Champions

Adult
First Place: Brent Ray - 49’ 3.5”
Second: Brent Ray 45’ 5”
Third: Jared Borchardt 30’ 3”

11-16 yr olds
First: Ivan Martinez 28’ 3”
Second: Ali Bell 25’ 6”
Third: Estella McDaniel 20’ 1”

10 & under
First: Jacob Hernadez 16’ 6”
Second: Dwyer Aleiah 15’ 6”
Third: Shy Flint 12’

2014 Seed Spitting Champions

Adult
First Place: Brent Ray - 56’ 8”
Second: Michael Hesse - 25' 9”
Third: Eduardo Gasper 25’

11-16 yr olds
First: Jacob Campbell - 21' 3"
Second: Kevin Perez - 15’ 6”
Third: Alan Anthony Perez - 13' 7”

10 & under
First: Aiden Sanchez - 17’ 1”
Second: Brian Roth - 14'
Third: Lisandro Hernandez - 12’ 2”


2013 Seed Spitting Champions

Adult
First Place: Brent Ray - 38' (3-time champ!)
Second: Chase Nieder - 35' 6”
Third: Edrieck Rosarin 35'

11-16 yr olds
First: Kennice Beaubrun - 25' 6"
Second: Nicholas Hubbard - 25'
Third: Rebecca Ray - 14' 10”

10 & under
First: Jiri Horesovsky - 25'
Second: Stephen Mask - 17'
Third: Kristalyn Freeman - 16’ 4”

1. Championship event is open to all! Please register in your appropriate age group: (A) age 10 & under (B) 11 - 16 or (C) 17 & over
2. Seed spitting entry fee is $1 for 3 official spitting seeds, enter as many times as you want!
3. Use of any aid or tool (pipe, tube, or other hollow objects) to propel seeds is forbidden. Any competitor receiving assistance at moment of seed launching shall be disqualified.
4. Seed must land on seed spitting track to be counted.
5. Seed spitting must be done from an erect, stationary stance. No running starts allowed. Take a deep breath (making sure not to swallow the seed) before spitting. Contestants who accidentally swallow seeds while sucking in air prior to seed launch will be given one extra seed.
6. Denture wearers spit at their own risk.
7. All distances and decisions shall be determined by Watermelon Festival officials.
8. Break the world record (75-feet, 2- inches), and you'll win $500 cash!
9. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receive a year's bragging rights, a Festival T-shirt and official Watermelon Festival Medal. 1st place winners also receive $25 Flea Dollars.

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