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Champion Watermelon award is given to the largest Black Diamond watermelon grown according to the grower's association rules. The top entries in the Melon Contest are sold at auction. The Champion melon has brought between $400 and $22,500. Part of the proceeds from the auction support student scholarships.

Seed Spitting

Three separate watermelon seed spitting contests give children, adults, and teams a chance to be winners. Kids and Kid Teams spit on Friday afternoon. Adults on Saturday. And four person adult teams spit on Sunday. The current Guiness Book of World Records is 68 feet 9 and 1/8 inches was set by Lee Wheelis in Luling in 1989. Come try to beat it!

Melon Eating Contest

You can participate in a Genuine Watermelon Eating Contest on Saturday of the Festival.   Contestents line the tables and the winner is determined on who can eat one slice of watermelon the fastest!  Great Thump fun for the entire family!!!! 

  • Grand Champion
  • Seed Spitting
  • Melon Eating

Thursday June 25

FREE ADMISSION!!  Fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Food & Arts & Crafts.   Texas Unlimited Band headlines on the Main Stage.

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Friday June 26

Gates Open at 5:30   The Spazmatics and Dirty River Boys!!!!  Gate Admission TBA

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Saturday June 27

Main Stage Entertainment        Sam Riggs  American Aquarium  and Josh Abbott Band!!!  Gate Admission TBA

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Sunday June 28

Nathan Colt Young

Chris Miller & Bayou Roots

Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition

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Tickets Can Be Purchased Online


Main stage Entertainment Tickets  Click Here!


Get your Saturday night entertainment  -    $20 -- includes gate admission fee!

Josh Abbott Band

American Aquarium

Sam Riggs

General Map of Luling


Pictured above are two families that have made becoming the Watermelon Thump Queen a family tradition.

 Watermelon Thump Queen: Each year a group of young ladies participate in an election for the Luling Watermelon Thump Queen.  The ladies work very hard making signs, selling tickets, and going door-to-door asking for votes in the hope of becoming the Watermelon Thump Queen.  The Queen is crowned on Thursday of the Thump and she continues her reign thoughout the year representing Luling around our great state of Texas all year long at numerous parades and festivals.

The Guiness Book of Records Watermelon Seed Spit Record is 68 feet 9 1/8 inches from the starting line.  The Championship Watermelon Seed Spit record was set in 1989 by Lee Wheelis from Luling, Texas.  Luling offers hundreds of dollars in cash prizes to anyone who can beat the record during the World Champion Seed Spitting Competition.  Sign Up, Step Up and Spit!!!!!


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About Us

In 1954, Hermon Allen, a school prinicipal, proposed the idea of a celebration to honor the growers and promote the Luling watermelon market. A contest was held to name the event and honor was won by a student, Mr. Carol Ferguson. From that time, the Thump has been held the last full weekend in June.




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