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Watermelon Carving

Watch out for bumblebee watermelons in your garden

Confession time: I’m a watermelon carving addict. When I see a watermelon, I don’t imagine it cut in neat little wedges. I see pirate ships, whales, beach buckets, and Angry Birds. When people invite me to a party, I offer to bring the watermelon because I know that way I’ll have an excuse for carving one up.

A watermelon Minecraft creeper

Wouldn’t you know it, there’s a place (kind of like a support group) for people like me. The National Watermelon Promotion Board is having its third annual watermelon carving contest this summer. You can enter as many times as you like in the categories of Most Original, Funniest, Most Elegant, Best Jack O’ Melon (like a jack-o-lantern but with a watermelon), and Best Watermelon.org (that is, best interpretation of a watermelon carving that is featured on their site). For each of those categories, the prizes are $100, $50, and $25, for first, second, and third places, respectively. If you’re one of the winners, your watermelon will be posted at What About Watermelon, and put up for a vote. The most popular watermelon will win an additional Amazon gift card of $500.

To submit, send a picture of your watermelon to watermeloncarvings@watermelon.org. The deadline is August 4, so get that carving started.

In the meantime, if you need some hints to help with watermelon carving, you can check out these handy watermelon carving tips. And if you need inspiration, check out some recent carvings from my kitchen and from another watermelon carving fiend, Chef Joe of Friday Night Out Catering in Philadelphia:

A shark, as inspired by watermelon.org

A bathing beauty


Chef Joe’s pirate ship

Chef Joe’s Mona Lisa

Disclosure: The Watermelon Board provided me with a watermelon and a gift pack; I did not receive compensation.

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11 Responses to Watermelon Carving

  1. Amee July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Your posts always surprise me and entertain me. These ideas are soooo creative!!!!

    • jollytomato July 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Aw, thanks, Amee! I’m so glad you stopped by!

  2. Suzi July 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    As always….awesome talent sis!!!!

    • jollytomato July 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks! : )

  3. Gail Tarmy July 14, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Thank You for the Many Ideas for Carving my Watermelon!!

  4. Charity Long July 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Discover Downtown Charles Town is having a Watermelon Carving Contest this week. Tomorrow is the deadline, so it’s not too late to enter if you live in the greater Baltimore/Washington region! More details are here http://www.facebook.com/events/336553293088569/

    • jollytomato July 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      Great – thanks for the info!


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