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Rocky Ford to celebrate 142nd Watermelon Day

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 19:41:26-04

ROCKY FORD — Another chapter in the history books for one of Colorado's oldest traditions.

The 142nd Watermelon Day is Saturday at the Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford.

The National Guard is hauling in 20,000 pounds of watermelon that will be given away free of charge.

The tradition started in 1878, when former Colorado State Senator George Swink gave watermelon to visitors.

"I think it is just the feeling of coming and not just receiving a melon but it is something that we feel we have something to give from our area and we want them to come and experience our biggest little fair, said Arkansas Valley Fair Manager Sally Cope.

The giveaway starts at 11 Saturday morning at the fairgrounds in Rocky Ford.