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My first festival of the year was the annual Snook Fest in the small town of Snook located right outside of College Station.  I was so excited that Mrs. Wanda was able to attend and also Maggie, the National Watermelon Queen, and her coordinator, Mrs. Eleanor.  The Wiggins family’s watermelon farms are based in Snook and they have always been major contributors to the festival, so they invited Maggie and me to attend.

At dinner with the Wiggins.

At dinner with the Wiggins.

When I arrived in College Station on Friday I met up with Mrs. Wanda, Maggie and Mrs. Eleanor and we drove to Snook to meet Mr. James Wiggins at his office.  We got to chat with everyone in the office, picked up our festival t-shirts and then rounded up everyone for dinner.  Now when I say everyone, I mean everyone. I fondly refer to them as the “Wiggins crew.”  This includes Mr. James & Mrs. Jeannine, Jody & Carrie, Paul & Beth, Clint, Jesse, Mickey and anyone else who claims relation to them.  Mr. James was so kind to treat us to some delicious seafood and entertaining conversation at Fish Daddy’s.

Saturday was the day of Snook Fest which began with a parade.  Maggie and I rode in a beautifully restored classic car to lead the parade.  Following us were more cars, horses, fire trucks, and beautifully decorated watermelon floats with plenty of cute kids on board.  We then arrived at the festival grounds where there was live music, vendors, BBQ cook-off participants and plenty of ice cold watermelon.  Throughout the day Maggie and I handed out slices of watermelon, explored the fair grounds, did the chicken dance

Maggie and I handing out juicy watermelon.

Maggie and I handing out juicy watermelon.

and helped showcase delicious baked goods for the cake auction.  We also helped with the watermelon eating contest, seed-spitting contest and a watermelon crawl contest.  Kids had to push a watermelon on the ground across the finish line using only their heads, which worked out better than I had expected.

I had a lot of fun at the festival and even more fun afterwards!  That evening we were invited to have a BBQ dinner at Paul and Beth’s house with the “Wiggins crew.”  It was such a pleasure to have them welcome us into their home and treat us just like family.  I had such a wonderful time getting to know everyone a little better and talking with them about almost every topic imaginable.  The Wiggins’ are a great group of people and being a die-hard Longhorn I don’t like to admit this, but after that weekend I was actually sad to leave the College Station area.

Maggie and I with Mr. James & Mrs. Jeannine.

Maggie and I with Mr. James & Mrs. Jeannine.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Mr. James for inviting me to attend Snook Fest and to all of the Wiggins’ who opened their homes and arms to me and gave me so much of their support.

To see photos from Snook Fest, click here and to see the news story, click here.

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I had one more trip before I was reunited with Mrs. Wanda and luckily I didn’t have too far to travel.  On May 22nd

Handing out samples at Randalls.

Handing out samples at Randalls.

and 23rd, I drove to Lakeway for the Randalls Texas Locally Grown Event.  On these two days, Randalls showcased different products that were all Texas grown.  I was there with Tony and Cheryl Anderson, and Teretha and Lacy Jones to help represent the What-A-Melon Brand.  In addition to watermelons being showcased, there were also Texas grown blueberries, corn, honeydew, wine, mushrooms and all sorts of other products.  Richard De Los Santos also attended the event and was always eager to sample some sweet watermelon.  In the two days that I handed out samples, brochures, coloring books and gave a couple of lessons in picking out a watermelon, Randalls sold over 1,000 watermelons.  I had a great time with the Andersons (who were also so nice to rescue me from a flat tire) and I met so many nice people that weekend.  The managers at Randalls asked me to come back, so on June 19th and 20th I returned to Lakeway for the Texas Locally Grown event again.

Tiffany and I displaying some delicious watermelons.

Tiffany and I displaying some delicious watermelons.

The second time around I was accompanied by Tiffany Anderson, Tony and Cheryl’s daughter.  Tiffany and I had two very productive days handing out delicious watermelon samples, recipe cards and coloring books.  We also gave lessons to plenty of eager customers who wanted to know how to pick out a ripe watermelon.  I’d say the event was a success for a second time due to all the watermelons I saw go out of the store that weekend.  I’d like to say a special thanks to Gerardo Morales and Mark Krolczyk who invited me to Randalls and were so welcoming.  Also, special thanks to Tony Anderson who made it all possible and to my “chaperones,” Teretha, Lacy, and Tiffany.

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