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MAIN STREET MONTHLY Volume 3, Issue 6

June 2011

58th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump

Thump T-Shirts

Summer is fast approaching and with it always comes that legendary Texas festival, The Watermelon Thump. For 58 years, Luling residents and visitors have celebrated the local harvest of watermelons with a wide range of activities. The four day event, which is always held the last Thursday through Sunday in June, includes a carnival, dances, beer garden, watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, food, arts and craft booths and rd more. This year’s event takes place from June 23 through June th rd th 26 . Thursday the 23 and Sunday the 26 are free entry, Friday, the th th 24 is $8 and Saturday, the 25 , is $10. Advance tickets for both Friday and Saturday night at $14 are available for purchase at the Luling Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the festival visit www.watermelonthump.com.

Pick up a 2011 Watermelon Thump T-shirt at the Luling Area Chamber of Commerce. Only $20!!! Youth and Adult sizes are available.

UPCOMING EVENTS June 13th- Main Street Board Meeting June 23rd to June 26th – Watermelon Thump

2011 Thump Schedule of Events* Thursday, June 23rd, 5:30pm to 12:00am - Free gate and free dance 

5:30pm – 12:00am Carnival, Kiddie Rides, Live Music, Food Booths, Exhibitors Market, Beer Garden  5:30pm Champion Melon Judging  7:00pm Coronation of 2011 Thump Queen  8:30pm Dance with Texas Unlimited Band

Friday, June 24th, 5:30pm to 12:00am - $8 gate fee; 12 & under free 

5:30pm – 12:00am Carnival, Kiddie Rides, Live Music, Food Booths, Exhibitors Market, Beer Garden  5:30pm Children’s Seed Spitting Contest & Children’s Team Seed Spitting  7:00pm Kids Dress Up Shows  8:30pm Dance with Mark McKinney & Casey Donahew Band

Saturday, June 25th, 11:00am to 1:00am - $10 gate fee; 12 & under free  10:00am Thump Parade 11:00am – 1:00am Carnival, Kiddie Rides, Live Music, Food Booths, Exhibitors Market, Beer Garden  12:30pm, 3:00pm & 7:00pm Children’s Dress Up Shows-The Yuck Show  1:00pm Watermelon Eating Contest  2:00pm Magician & Ventriloquist Joe Libby  3:00pm Champion Melon Auction  4:30pm World Championship Seed Spitting Contest  7:00pm to 1:00am Turnpike Troubadours, Kyle Park & Cody Canada and the Departed

Sunday, June 26th, 1:00pm to 9:00pm - Free gate and free dance 

 12:00pm – 4:00pm Thump Car Show 1:00pm – 9:00pm Carnival, Kiddie Rides, Live Music, Food Booths, Exhibitors Market, Beer Garden  1:00pm – 9:00pm Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s & Jim Byrom  4:30pm Thump Car Show Awards  4:30pm Adult Team Seed Spitting Contest

*For a complete schedule of all events please visit www.watermelonthump.com

Visit us at 421 E. Davis Street (Central Texas Oil Patch Museum & Visitors Center) PO Box 710, Luling, TX 78648 ph #: (830) 875-3214x3 Email: mainstreet@cityofluling.net www.lulingmainstreet.com


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2011 Luling Main Street Volunteer Appreciation Awards

Chief Bill Sala received an award for the exceptional job in keeping all events safe and peaceful.

Kevin Gibson accepted the award for the Chris Powell accepted the award for the Lease Crue, who helped tremendously at Public Works employees for going above and the recent Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown. beyond to assist Main Street this past year.

John Bell accepted the certificate for Buc-ees. They were a top sponsor for Luling Main Street.

Lembo Allen accepted the certificate for Lazy 8 Ranches. They were a top sponsor for Luling Main Street.

Kelly Allen accepted the certificate for The Watermelon Shop. They were a top sponsor for Luling Main Street.

Jackie Hill was presented with the award for Ticket Sales Queen.

Kelly Allen was presented with the award for Most Valuable Volunteer

Sharolynn Boyd was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award.

Luling Main Street Vision: The Luling Main Street program sees our downtown as an inviting destination for residents, businesses and tourist; preserving and enhancing our rich and unique heritage as a catalyst ensures our continued economic revitalization and development. Luling Main Street Mission: We will utilize the Main Street 4-Point Approach guidelines of Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion to encourage preservation, promote patronage of our downtown businesses and historic attractions, and to plan for our community’s positive economic growth.


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