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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010

CONTACT:

Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
(919) 733-7417; monica.wood@ncagr.gov

Largest-watermelon contest set for State Farmers Market's
Watermelon Day Thursday, Aug. 5

WHO/WHAT:

Local growers will bring their heftiest harvest to compete for bragging rights in the largest-watermelon contest during Watermelon Day at the State Farmers Market. Attendees can watch the weigh-in, sample free watermelon slices and visit with N.C. Watermelon Queen Madelyn Varner.

Weigh-in time for the competition begins at noon in the Farmers Building, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four melons: $600 for first, $400 for second, $300 for third and $200 for fourth place. Each grower may submit one entry, and all entries must be grown in North Carolina. Growers must be able to identify where the watermelon was grown.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE:

Farmers Building
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Interstate 40, exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road

OTHER INFO:

Watermelon Day is sponsored by the N.C. Watermelon Association, State Farmers Market Restaurant, R&H Produce and the State Farmers Market. For more information about this and other events at the farmers market, go to http://ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm.

-pmj-2

NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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