Watermelon fest hits Rose Bowl

08/26/2013 04:46:00 PM
Mike Hornick

National Watermelon Promotion BoardIn its 52nd year the annual Watermelon Festival made its first appearance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

More than 40,000 pounds of watermelon were provided Aug. 16-18 by Western Watermelon Association members including Van Groningen and Sons Inc., C.H. Robinson, Perry & Sons, Dulcinea Farms and Pappas Family Farms.

Attendees at the nonprofit festival ate free watermelon, listened to music and indulged in eating and seed spitting contests. The event was sponsored by the Sunland Tujunga Lions Club.

Watermelon carving demonstrations featured celebrity chef Joe Poon, according to the Orlando, Fla.-based National Watermelon Promotion Board. Local chefs and student chefs were featured in additional carving and culinary demonstrations.

Television and radio coverage before and during the festival featured interviews with Poon and the National Watermelon Association’s reigning national watermelon queen Amber Nolin, Enterprise, Ala.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest also interviewed Nolin for his “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” broadcast on KIIS-FM radio.



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Gabriella Patrick    
Victoria  |  August, 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Aside from the beauty that watermelon adds to the presentation of a fruit basket or anything to which it is added on, watermelon indeed can give lots of benefits to one's health. Water melon can be considered as a medicinal food since by just taking watermelon juice, one can have remedy for the muscle soreness. This is according to the researched published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. More so, watermelon is said to boost antioxidant levels and reduce blood pressure. For these reasons, i can say that having a festival like an Annual Watermelon Festival is a great idea in promoting and maximizing the health potentials of watermelon.

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