by Christa Smith

This weekend was the annual What-A-Melon festival in Center. It's a three day event that includes carnival rides, crafts, music, lots of food and of course...watermelon.

There was a seed spitting contest, a biggest bite contest and even a beauty pageant tonight where someone will be crowned Ms. What-A-Melon. Organizers say, that's what it's all about, the watermelon.

Last years winning melon weighed 182 pounds. The festival happens every summer and proceeds are used for city decorations and this year a portion will go to help build a local animal shelter as well.