Florida Watermelon Day at LEGOLAND Florida
|June 28, 2012||Posted by Kristopher under Agriculture, Events, Kids, Produce|
Florida Watermelon Day at LEGOLAND Florida was a smashing success! (No, we didn’t actually smash any watermelons.) As the park opened and guests arrived, they were treated to fresh Florida watermelon right next to the “Fresh From Florida” Greenhouse. Some people were interested in the literature we were giving away and others simply wanted the free and delicious watermelon. I was interested to see the number of people that salted (or people that assaulted if you’re a fan of a play on words) their watermelon. I’d say probably one out of every six people salted their watermelon. I’m personally not a big fan, but to each their own.
In addition to giving away free slices of watermelon, we also had several other activities for the guests. We had representatives from the National Watermelon Promotion Board, a local watermelon farmer, and representatives from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to discuss careers in agriculture.
The Florida Watermelon Queen and Newberry Watermelon Queen led the seed-spitting contest. The kid’s group winning seed traveled 17.5 feet and the adult’s winning seed flew 27.5 feet, which is no small feat when the oblong seed must remain on the four-foot wide mat to be valid.
As the seed-spitting contest wrapped up, the skies decided to unleash what we all associate with Florida summers – rain. It rained for about 45 minutes, just long enough for those inside to hear about careers in ag. After the rain, the wonderful humidity came out to greet us, but that didn’t deter people from coming back and enjoying more free watermelon.
Florida Watermelon Day was a great success. If you were able to stop by, thanks; if you weren’t, be sure to stop by next year!