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Kayla Rutledge Jul 6, 2018 - The Dothan Eagle

At Headland’s Farmer’s Market, the watermelon seed spitting competition, which seems like a light-hearted contest, was anything but child’s play this year.

The competition has been held annually at the market for the last eight years and according to County Extension Coordinator for Henry County Jimmy Jones, the competition helps retain customers during the “July lull”.

The lull happens just after Independence Day, when community members and those nearby take vacations to escape the heat.

“More than the lull though, (the competition) helps connect people to farmers and food they can trust,” Jones said. “They know they’re getting food that has been taken care of here, and folks come from all around for the competition. When they show up they see the vendors and almost always take something home with them.”

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