Watermelon Season "Good" Just in time for Festival

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

CHIPLEY, FL--It's almost time for watermelon growers to show off their harvest.

"We've had a good year so far," said grower Paul Davidson.

Paul Davidson and Billy Brock have about nine acres to harvest.

"We'll start harvesting probably the first of the week on Monday."

Davidson says although it's been a good year, he did get a small scare.

"We had about 8 inches of rain last week that we were worried about but the watermelons were able to take it on and we we're all right with it," explained Davidson.

Over in Holmes County melon grower Monty Kowitz says his biggest concern isn't making good crops.

"Being able to sell them is my biggest scare," added Kowitz.

And that matters a lot because Kowitz says his season has been pretty good as well.

"According to the crops its put on I think we're going to do real good if we can just market our crop," explained Kowitz.

So how does this year compare to last year.

"Compared to last year it's been exceptional, last year it was terrible," said Davidson, and both growers can agree with that.

The watermelon festival is next Friday and Saturday in Chipley.

You'll get a chance to enjoy live music, food and lots of watermelon slices.

For more information on the festival click the "4 More Info" tab.

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