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Seeds will fly at Watermelon Fest

The watermelon seeds will fly again in Pardeeville.

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) - The watermelon seeds will fly again in Pardeeville.

The 41st annual Watermelon Festival, complete with its trademark seed-spitting contest, has got the go-ahead after a core of about 10 volunteers stepped forward to run the event.

A decline in volunteers in recent years left only a few people trying to put on the festival. When a community meeting on the festival was held in late March, few people turned out and planners said the festival might be called off this year.

But festival chairman Clark Hodgson said a group of Pardeeville residents met and decided they have enough people to hold the festival at Chandler Park as scheduled Sept. 6.

Featured attractions include free all-you-can-eat-watermelon for everyone, the seed-spitting contest and a contest to see who can eat watermelon the fastest.

 
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