Camp Sunshine’s first annual Watermelon Festival at L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park on Aug. 12 proved that anything a pumpkin can do a watermelon can do better… or stickier. With a watermelon eating contest, a carving demonstration, seed spitting contest, a greased watermelon challenge and other lawn games, live music and food, the Watermelon Festival was a sweet way to raise money and awareness for Camp Sunshine’s retreats for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Nick Brouillette of Key Bank, first-place winner Morgan Ziemer, Sterling Kozlowski of Key Bank, third place winner Samuel Kelsen of Sabbatus and second place winner Gabe Garcia with Anderson Garcia of Gray.
Anne Neary, a development intern for Camp Sunshine, carrying a tray of watermelon slices.
Shawn, Elsa and Elodie Sullivan of Falmouth.
Westbrook High School art teacher Debra Bickford carving watermelons into works of art.
Camp Sunshine founder Anna Gould and Executive Director Mike Katz.
Cambria Wason of Gorham and Emily Dodd of Gray, sitting in lobster pots.
The group representing sponsor Modern Woodmen.
Douglas Blanton and Rebecca Morin.
The Watermelon Eating Contest was a no-hands race to the finish.
Female contestants tended to take a daintier approach. Comparatively.
Morgan Ziemer of Gardiner being congratulated by Mike Smith of Camp Sunshine.
The aftermath, with Mike Katz of Camp Sunshine talking to the winners.
And... a much slow way of eating watermelon. Prepping for watermelon salsa.
Volunteer Bill Goff of Buxton.
Hector and Elizabeth Linares of Rockport.
Ethan Collier of Oakfield in the seed-spitting contest.
Tom Bossie with Nick Brouillette of Key Bank.
Cassie Ridge and Caitlin Tycz of Brunswick.
Miss Maine 2017 Katie Elliott helping kids pick lawn game prizes.
Kaecie Little and Ashley Shawley of sponsor Key Bank.