National Watermelon Day is Almost Here! 54th Annual Watermelon Festival

GETS UNDERWAY AUGUST 13 & 14 IN THE SF VALLEY

It’s a seedy fact: National Watermelon Day is August 3rd which sets the tone for a ton of fun at the upcoming 54th Annual Watermelon Festival August 13 & 14 in Lake View Terrace of the San Fernando Valley. The melon mania celebration includes free watermelon for all attendees, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and more.

Co-presented by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club and the Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, the event pays tribute to the early days when watermelons were the prized crop of the eastern San Fernando Valley foothills. Hours are 11am to 10pm Saturday, and noon to 10pm Sunday. Proceeds benefit multiple local charities.

Patrons can pucker up for the seed spitting contest at the “Spitway,” tap into their inner artist at the watermelon carving contest, or go for the gold in the watermelon relay. Live entertainment includes concert performances featuring Funk, Old School, R&B, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Classic Rock & Roll, and Blues by “Positive Source,” “Revolution Road,” “Tropical Punch,” “Day Trippers,” “The Bulldawg Blues Band,” and “The Dew Drops,” among others.

Tickets: $10 general admission, $6 for kids 3-12 and children 2 years & under are free.

Location: Hansen Dam Soccer Complex at 11480 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley. Parking is free.

Info: www.watermelonfest.org            #watermelonfestSFV

Watermelon Trivia: Bet you didn’t know…

*Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

*Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable with all parts edible.

*In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.

*Watermelon is 92% water and can also quench inflammation that contributes to asthma, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis.

*There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown worldwide and it is an ideal health food that contains no fat or cholesterol and is high in fiber and vitamins A & C, and a good source of potassium.

*The first watermelon harvest recorded was nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

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