Watermelons to Fly in Dorchester County During Great American Watermelon Blast
All things watermelon are happening in Dorchester County and you won’t want to miss it.
On Saturday, Aug. 27 the Great American Watermelon Blast will make its debut in Vienna, Md. Breckenridge Adventures has teamed up with the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association in the making of the inaugural event.
Jennifer and Chip Fleming, owners of Breckenridge Adventures, were approached by the Punkin Chunkin Association about using their farm for Punkin Chunkin 2016.
“They were looking for a new home and they looked at our farm, really liked it but they didn’t think they would have enough room,” Jennifer says. “They contacted us this spring with the idea of a summertime chunk, or something along those same lines.”
An immediate interest was sparked by the Flemings and out came the Great American Watermelon Blast. The gates for the event will open at 9 a.m., with launching starting at 10 a.m. Jennifer predicts launching will last until approximately 4 p.m. followed by live entertainment from Chasin’ Time. In the cover band’s set list, you can expect to hear Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Thomas Rhett and more.
In addition to launching and live entertainment, every hour there will be a ‘Chunk for Charity.’ Eleven machines will be available to chunk watermelons at the public’s disposal meaning those who make a donation can launch the melons themselves. All donations received during the ‘Chunk for Charity’ will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Jennifer, who is involved with the Relay for Life committee in Dorchester County, holds cancer support dear to her heart.
“Who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way or form or another?” Jennifer asks. “Being apart of Relay for Life has really opened my eyes to what goes on and how many people are affected. It’s a great way to give back.”
Throughout the day, guests can participate in a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest and enjoy free, ice cold watermelon slices. Food and drink vendors, as well as craft tents will also be setup during the event. All other activities Breckenridge Adventures offers will also be available for use during the event.
Check it out
Great American Watermelon Blast
4032 Mill Road, Vienna, MD 21869
$15 in advance, $20 at the door, 12 and under are free