So, just when I think, “Okay, there’s no weird festival anywhere in the country I haven’t heard of,” another rears its head. And this one kind of embarrasses me as it’s in our home state of Texas. This year marks the return (full) of The Luling Watermelon Thump. Growing up, I’d been through Luling several times on my way to San Marcos and New Braunfels. All I remember about Luling is it had a Dairy Queen, a gas station, and well, that’s about it. So what’s it all about?
For the record, Luling is roughly 25 miles east of San Antonio, and “The Thump” will feature watermelon eating and seed spitting contests and of course a “Thump Queen” will be crowned. I know you’re wondering about the name (me too). Here goes the tale. In 1954 an elementary school principal wanted to shine the celebration spotlight on watermelon growers and to promote Luling’s watermelon market. A contest was staged to name the event, and the winner was a guy from Luling High School. WHAT?! That’s it? I was hoping/expecting more, right?