Monday, August 17, 2009

Watermelon Festival bears a ton of fruit

This weekend, we hit the 48th annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival, and we almost missed the free watermelon altogether.

We got a little distracted by all the rides (a Ferris wheel included!), the games, food and teens singing Killers songs on stage. Not to mention the heat. Wow, was it hot!

Our first stop was a gelato kiosk that sold all sorts of fruity-flavored goodness. We -- meaning I -- chose sour apple over watermelon, because I didn't want to OW (over-watermelon) right from the start. Little did I know it would take us a while to actually find the headliner fruit itself.

We moved on to a little catch-the-duck game, where CC won a stuffed green lizard (left). Yay first try!

Next, we visited a huge spinning bear ride, where the three of us climbed inside its ursine belly and spun a huge wheel to intentionally make ourselves dizzy. We looked a little insane when we finally got out -- as if we had spent a little too much time in the festival Beer Garden -- but CC was a big fan (below).

And who can argue with a 2-year-old when it comes to carnival rides?

Finally we found the main fruit attraction and, I'm sure, devoured a whole watermelon by the end of our visit. I like it well enough, but Ian and CC couldn't get enough.

You'd think I'd get photos of that. You know, my child dripping with watermelon at a watermelon festival.

Yeah, no.

The fruit still remains elusive.

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