Champion watermelon sells for record-breaking $20K
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The annual Luling Watermelon Thump Auction
broke all records, with the grand champion watermelon selling for $20,250.
Lester Henry a local farmer, who has entered the competition for 47 years, grew his first winning watermelon.
Local residents and businesses bid on the watermelons, paying thousands of dollars for each fruit.
Part of the proceeds of each winning bid are donated to a scholarship fund for local high school students with the remainder of the money going to the farmers.
"We're just looking for different ways to support the community here in Luling," local businessman Michael Whitten said.
Whitten's company won the grand champion auction and bought the double-digit melon.
The Watermelon Thump is an annual highlight on the Luling’s calendar. The festival includes seed-spitting and melon-eating contests, live music and a parade.