Watermelon Days Festival

ATLANTA (AP) _ Summertime means watermelons in Cordele, which bills itself as the Watermelon Capital of the World.

The south Georgia city marks the start of summer Saturday with a parade, a seed-spitting contest and free slices of the sweet fruit.

The festivities will conclude the 59th Watermelon Days Festival, which began June 13th with a dance. The president of the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce, Monica Simmons, says between 8,000 and 10,000 people are expected, including visitors from surrounding counties.

Crisp County extension service agent Tucker Price says the watermelons all look good and taste good so far this season.

He says farmers in the county have reported planting around 5,000 acres of watermelons this year.