Watermelon Blast set for Saturday
VIENNA — The inaugural Great American Watermelon Blast will be hosted by Breckenridge Adventures, 4032 Mill Road, in Vienna beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
The siege machines of the popular Punkin Chunkin event in Delaware will make watermelons fly in the Dorchester County sky. The “machines” take the form of trebuchets, catapults, torsions and air cannons, to name a few.
The melons will be shot at targets, as opposed to shooting for distance, which means lots of explosions and smashing will ensue. It’s similar to the fall Punkin Chunkin event with pumpkins, only this time it’s in the summer with watermelons.
“We wanted to extend the fun of Punkin Chunkin to the summer,” said Frank Payton, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this event to Dorchester County, and we can’t wait to see the dramatic splats that these watermelons make.”
Throughout the day, teams will be launching watermelons in three rounds at increasing distances — 200 feet, 300 feet, and 500 feet.
Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to try their hand at blasting a melon out of one of the machines, with proceeds benefitting Relay for Life. At noon, there will be a watermelon seed spitting contest, as well as other games and events — plus juicy watermelons for eating, of course.
This family-friendly event will offer food and craft vendors on site with a band after all the launching is done, around 4 p.m. Alcohol will be available for purchase at event starting at noon, but no alcohol will be allowed to be carried into the event.
Organizers say they’ll have about 1,000 watermelons ready to launch during the event. Event sponsor Melon 1 is working with a local farm to provide the melons.
“The melons are ones that could not be eaten, so they’re not being wasted,” Payton said. “And the melons are smaller than what you typically find in a store or market.”
Gates open at 9 a.m. and the event continues throughout the day and evening.
Tickets are $15 if pre-ordered online and $20 at the gate, provided they’re not sold out ahead of time. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Children 12 and under receive free admission. To purchase tickets, head to www.watermelonblast.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1st annual Great American Watermelon Blast will be held Saturday, Aug. 27.