53rd Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival, July 19th and 20th at Santa Anita Park

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Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia.

Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia.

The wonderful Watermelon Festival returns for its 53rd year on the beautiful infield of Santa Anita Park. As always the event features watermelon carving and cooking demonstrations, daily eating and seed spitting contests, and the return of the greased watermelon races!

The event opens with the ever popular coronation of the Watermelon Queen, King and their court, with the 2014 National Watermelon Queen, Brandi Harrison.

New this year is the Watermelon Carving Competition. Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon returns, and celebrity judges include Chef Hiep Thi Li, carver Jim Morey, and Lisa Loring. Every admission includes free watermelon slices and a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel for additional prizes. Children’s admission includes a free pass to the petting farm or zoo. In addition to nightly prize cash drawings, there is a bazaar marketplace, carnival rides, and an array of festival food favorites. Added attractions include the Tromper’s of Eagle Rock’s car show.

Headliners are Grammy Award winners Rose Royce on Saturday at 7pm, and The Finalists, featuring Elliott Yamin (American Idol) and Melissa Jimenez (The Voice) with Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns, on Sunday at 6pm.

It’s a great time for the whole family and the epitome of Summer Fun!

Festival hours are Saturday, 10am to 9pm, and Sunday, 10am to 8pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $8 for seniors and active military personnel. For additional information please visit www.lionswatermelonfestival.com or call. 1-800-955-1277. 

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