Join us on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 12:00pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Morrison Corner, for the Hermiston-Portland Annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest and Giveaway. Watch as officials from the City of Portland and City of Hermiston square off to see who can spit a watermelon seed the farthest and stick around to grab a free world famous Hermiston watermelon!
This year's event, sponsored by the City of Hermiston, the City of Portland, and the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce, received many generous contributions to make it successful. Many thanks to Hermiston-area growers Bellinger Farms and Walchli Farms who donated produce for the event. The City of Hermiston and the City of Portland appreciate your continued contributions and support to make this annual event a reality.
"This is a great event that continues to build on our relationship with our partners in Portland," said Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann.
In the 1980s, former Hermiston Mayor, Frank Harkenrider, challenged then-Portland Mayor, Bud Clark, to a watermelon seed spitting contest, and that started an annual event which lasted until 2007. The Hermiston delegation also brought over a truckload of watermelons and other produce to share with Portlanders each year during those events. This event started again in 2015 with its traditional seed spitting contest and produce giveaway.