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SAVE THE DATE: Fleamasters' Watermelon Festival May 16-18, 2014 Come celebrate the summer harvest season at Fleamasters' Annual Watermelon Festival. 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 on two stages, skill games, stilt walker, balloon animals, delicious locally grown watermelon.


It's time to practice up for the 2014 Seed Spitting and Speed Eating Competitions! Anyone can play and win.

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 (68-feet, 9-1/8 inches), and you'll win $500 cash!

Speed Eating
Speed eating entry fee is $10 adults, $5 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 and Seed Spitting 2013 Winners and Standings

SPEED EATING

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

SEED SPITTING

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”

Seed Spitting Record Holders
Adult, Brent Ray - 50' 6" (2011)
11-16 Division, Caitlyn Ray - 28' (2011)
10 and under Division, Jiri Horesovsky - 25' (2013)


Competition Official Rules and Information

SEED SPITTING

1. Championship event is open to all! Please register in your appropriate age group: (A) age 10 & under (B) 11 - 16 or (C) 16 & 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 (68-feet, 9-1/8 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.

 

SPEED EATING

1. Championship event is open to all! Please register in one of these three age groups: (A) age 10 & under (B) 11 - 16 (C) 16 & over
2. Speed eating entry fee is $10 adults, $5 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.

 
Festival Exhibitions


Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-18, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm
Sell Your Products or Bring Your Non-Profit Group

No white tent needed! 12x10-ft covered booths available for artists, crafters and photographers for less than $25 per day.

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/organization offers at Fleamasters 2014 Watermelon Festival. Bring brochures, a demo, pre-packaged samples, an interactive activity, displays, giveaways, etc.