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2005 WORLD RECORD WATERMELON

Hope-Hempstead County

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ANOTHER WORLD'S RECORD WATERMELON!

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The World's Largest Watermelon at 268.8 pounds.

 

The Bright family has grown 2 world record breaking watermelons this summer.  Saturday, September 3rd, a melon was weighed at 268.8 pounds at the Hope Farm Store.  This melon is registered in Lloyd Bright's name.  On Monday, August 29th, a watermelon grown in the same field, registered in the names of Pat Bright Rhodes and Barbara Bright Jones, captured the world's title for heaviest melon weighing 262.6 pounds.  That melon broke the record of a 262 pound watermelon grown by a Tennessee man.  The Bright family set world records in melon size in 1979 with a 200 pound melon and in 1985 with one that weighed 260 pounds.  Lloyd Bright says the dry summer has made conditions ideal for growing the huge watermelons.  Visit the Bright Family website giantwatermelons.com for the history of big melon growing in Hope.

Click here for more pictures of the world's largest watermelon!

 

 

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Jerrome Underwood of Hope pauses to check out a watermelon the Chamber sent to the Clinton library in Little Rock on July 3rd. The library gave away Hope watermelons to the first 100 people who came in on July 4th. Also pictured is Joyce Willis and Lizeth Sanchez of the library.
 

 

 

 

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Llody Bright displays his Guinness Book of World Records Certificate which declares his 268.8 pound watermelon grown last year in Hope as the world's largest. Stop by and see the certificate at Hope's Western Sizzlin'

 

 

HOPE'S GIANT WATERMELON HERITAGE

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Here is a list of all the Hope world record watermelons after the city took over the watermelon growing contest and started promoting it nationwide.

1925 - 136 pounds

Hugh Laseter


1926 - 143 1/4 pounds

Edgar Laseter


1927 - 144 pounds

Arthur Powell


1928 - 144 3/4 pounds

Henry S. Dudley


1929 - 152 1/2 pounds

Edgar Laseter


1930 - 160 3/4 pounds

A.B. Turner


1930 - 164 3/4 pounds

O.D. Middlebrooks


1935 - 195 pounds

Arnold, Melvin and O.D. Middlebrooks


1979 - 200 pounds

Ivan and Lloyd Bright


1985 - 260 pounds

Jason L. Bright


2005 - 268.8 pounds

Lloyd Bright


In most places after a large watermelon is grown, it is the grower that is challenged by other growers. In Hope, most consider the town to be challenged when a record watermelon is grown from outside. That first happened in 1930 when Mr. Turner's record watermelon was defeated by an out-of-town watermelon. Growers in other areas haven't received the support like the contest growers in Hope. For watermelon contests, Hope is unique.

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You'll find these pictures and more at giantwatermelons.com.


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Watch the Bright's pick 2 watermelons from their farm.  One of these melons is the world's largest.

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Lloyd Bright is interviewed by Chamber Manager Mark Keith

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Mark visits with Ivan Bright and Elmer Smith

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Meet the women of the Bright Family

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Richard and Jason Bright

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Mark, Lloyd and Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey

 

 

 

Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce

200 South Main  •  P.O. 250  •  Hope, Arkansas 71802

(870) 777-3640  •  Fax (870) 722-6154
Email: hopemelonfest@yahoo.com
Mark Keith, Director