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Thurston celebrates annual Watermelon Days


Thurston, Nebraska has celebrated the community once a year since 1920. Their choice of theme? Watermelon days. 

"We get to eat a lot of watermelon every September, and play on the whole watermelon theme with activities," Diane Dohrman, event organizer said.

The town congregates for three days every September, with games for the kids, a tractor pull, family activities and a fair-like atmosphere of activities and things for sale.

It all ends in a parade and watermelon feed on Sunday afternoon. 

"It's a lot of work, but a lot of great sponsors put money into making it, so it brings a lot of people into a little tiny village and we show a little bit of Nebraska hospitality," Don Maryott, parade emcee said.

Everyone in Thurston loves to come out and spend time with their families, and celebrate the pink and green theme. But most people do say that other than the watermelon feed, nobody really knows why it's called Watermelon Days.

"I honestly don't know why, how it ever got started, calling it watermelon days," Maryott said.

"I think years ago, maybe there were watermelon grown in this area a little bit, or just between the legion and the fire hall, fire department... they picked that," Dohrman said.

Watermelon or not, the town simply enjoys the opportunity to spend a weekend enjoying life in Thurston with family and friends.

"This is my first time here, and just to see the Shriners performing, and see the Thurston people participating in all of the activities, and also putting on the food and the games, it's great," Mary Ann Vandebrug, Watermelon Days Visitor said.

The event hosted over 150 people this year.


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