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July 1, 2014

Main Street ready to send seeds flying — There is no doubt that the colorful skies over Pauls Valley is reason enough for residents to attend July 4th Spectacular.

Nearly as entertaining is the action at the 57th annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest.

The summer staple is returning to Main Street PV after the Lions Club managed it last year..

“The Lions Club did a fantastic job with the event,” Main Street Director Lindsey Temple said.

“I don’t know how many things have been going on since 1957. You can’t help but take pride in those events that have stood the test of time.”

This is Temple’s first time coordinating the event and she is proud to be partnering with the Kiwanis Club.

A majority of Independence Day activities will be returning to the football stadium. Installation of new lights at the stadium forced the event across the street to the band shell last year.

Free registration kicks off at 5 p.m. with spitting starting at about 6:30 p.m. The seed spitting will be held near the track as it was in years past.

Temple has memories of the event growing up as she regularly attended the festivities with her dad.

“I remember how fun it was being at the park in the summer time,” said Temple.

“Watching the fireworks, knowing how big it was. It’s a really good time to make you feel really good about being in a community like Pauls Valley.”

Temple noted how she has never entered the competition. She is considering it. perhaps after a little training.

Like other adopted responsibilities, her goal is to eventually make this bigger and better.

“I think we really need to glorify this and Main Street. It will do its part to give Pauls Valley a water melon seed spitting it can be proud of,” said Temple.

“I was really in awe at how good people were at this.”

There is a chance to take home long distance honors in six different categories. Male and female competitors.will be broken up into 12 years and under, 13-18 years old and adults age groups.

Out of all of that, there is a top trophy award for overall distance. People can also buy a slice of watermelon to eat as well as a T-shirt with last year’s design.

“I think it’s important that these events that have made Main Street stay. Its set Pauls Valley apart and tells people why we’re not your ordinary small town,” said Temple.

“Even if you don’t want to spit seeds you are going to want to see it.”

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