ANOTHER WORLD'S RECORD
The World's Largest
Watermelon at 268.8 pounds.
The Lloyd Bright
family grew 2 world record breaking watermelons
in the summer of 2005. Saturday, September
3rd, 2005, a melon was weighed in at 268.8
pounds at the Hope Farm Store. This melon
is registered in Lloyd Bright's name. On
Monday, August 29th, 2005, 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
had made conditions favorable for the
cultivation of giant melons. The 268.8
pound melon was certified by Guinness as the
world record in the spring of 2006.
Currently, the plaque awarded Lloyd Bright hangs
at Dos Loco Gringos Restaurant in Hope.
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!
HOPE'S GIANT WATERMELON
Here is a list of all the Hope
world record watermelons after the city took over the
watermelon growing contest and started promoting it
1925 - 136 pounds
1926 - 143 1/4 pounds
1927 - 144 pounds
1928 - 144 3/4 pounds
Henry S. Dudley
1929 - 152 1/2 pounds
1930 - 160 3/4 pounds
1930 - 164 3/4 pounds
1935 - 195 pounds
Arnold, Melvin and O.D.
1979 - 200 pounds
Ivan and Lloyd Bright
1985 - 260 pounds
Jason L. Bright
2005 - 268.8 pounds
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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