An educational curve has been added to the second annual Tom Watson Watermelon Festival in the form of a poetry contest. Children in third through eighth grades are encouraged to write a poem about agriculture, McDuffie County history, Tom Watson or watermelons.
Poems should be no more than one page in length and can be typed or hand-printed.
Poems will be judged by a panel from the Thomson-McDuffie Library. A winner will be chosen from each grade category. Prizes for third through fifth graders will be an item from the Hickory Hill Gift Shop. Prizes for sixth through eighth graders will be a copy of Prose Miscellanies, a book of poetry by Tom Watson. Prizes will be awarded by the 2005 Georgia State Watermelon Queen Miss Samantha Stephens.
"I'm so excited about her coming. She's not local, she's big-time. They say she's beautiful and she has an incredible voice. She's going to be performing for us as well," said Mary Anne Coussons, director of community relations at the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc.
All entries must be turned into the office of the Watson-Brown Foundation, 310 Tom Watson Way, by Monday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. They can also be faxed to 595-3948, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address, and telephone number.
Winners will be announced at the festival on Saturday, Aug. 13. The festival is held on the grounds of Hickory Hill at 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, Georgia. The festival runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., admission is free.
Questions may be directed to the foundation at 595-8886.