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Watermelon: A Summertime Favorite

From watermelons to carnival rides and vendors, the annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival is a fun day for the entire family.
Watermelon: A Summertime Favorite

Watermelon: A Summertime Favorite

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Show 1437: Watermelon: A Summertime Favorite
Air Date: September 14, 2014



Rob McClendon: Finally today, probably no food better signifies summer than watermelon. And no Oklahoma town more identifies with the summer treat than Rush Springs. So we sent our Courtney Maye to their annual watermelon festival.

This is the best watermelon I’ve ever tasted.

Courtney: And there’s plenty of it at this year’s watermelon festival. And arts and crafts chairman Rhonda Keenan says this day is a game changer for Rush Springs business owners.

Rhonda Keenan: Our little town is a town of 1,200, and our merchants here, they make more on this one day than they do the whole rest of the year.

Courtney: With more than 27,000 people attending this year’s festival, Chairman Mike Zurline says the festival creates opportunities for everyone.

Mike Zurline: As you can see it brings thousands of people to town and brings a lot of income into our local businesses and especially our growers.

Courtney: Grower Glen Price has been involved in the watermelon industry his entire life.

Glen Price: Well, I was raised on a watermelon farm. My Dad was actually gone for about four days when I was born because he was peddling watermelons.

Courtney: Both Price and his brother attended OSU and were instrumental in developing the seedless watermelons. But no worries, there’s still plenty of seeds to be spit at this year’s festival. 2014 Watermelon Queen Kaylee Large.

Kaylee Large: I wanted to carry on the tradition of my town, you know, and of coming to the festival and, you know, represent my town well and everything and invite everyone to come. Have you all ate some watermelon yet?

Courtney: A slice of success Keenan says gives the town hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Keenan: The festival is sort of our opportunity to keep ourselves focused on the future.

Child: Daddy, I want that one.