Watermelon Eating Contest

The highlight of Greensboro’s Independence Day celebration comes with seeds, rinds and plenty of napkins.

Tiny teeth sink into slices of fresh cut watermelon with a shout from the crowd; "Don't worry about it, swallow the seeds!" And when all is said and done, one little guy takes the blue ribbon.

It's tradition here in Greensboro. July 4 means helping upon helping of old fashioned fun from tug of war to sack races, and every first, second and third place winner gets to show off a ribbon.

The Kiwanians started the July 4 fun more than 30 years ago. Now they sit in the shade and slice watermelon for the messiest contest of the day. For the grown men, the watermelon eating is over in less than a minute.