Since 1954, Luling has been host to the Watermelon Thump, a four-day festival celebrating all things watermelon. It was started by Hermon Allen, a school principal who proposed the idea of a celebration to honor the growers and promote Luling’s watermelon market. A contest was held to name the event, and the Thump won out. Its name comes from the practice of thumping to test whether a watermelon is ripe — merely thump the top of the melon and listen to the sound. A dull thud usually means ripe, whereas a hollow sound isn’t so good.
Weekend events include the seed-spitting contest, parade, music acts, food booths, crafts, carnival rides and melon auction, which raises money to support local growers.
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