By Colin Bergen
Nothing says summer like a slice of watermelon – and nothing says summer in Big Canoe quite like a watermelon-eating contest.
This competition has been an Independence Day tradition here since the early days of our community and has often been accompanied by assorted melon-themed contests such as watermelon-carrying and watermelon-swimming races.
To gear up for the July 4 weekend, and to celebrate 50 years of Big Canoe, here are a few snapshots from this fun contest over the decades. You can find more photos capturing this and other Big Canoe traditions in “Big Canoe: The First 50 Years,” a coffee-table book available for pre-order at https://anniversary.bigcanoepoa.org/
Preparing the melons for the contest.Anyone can participate in the fun.Some prefer to participate at their own pace……while others charge straight into it!Some intense competition!
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