Mother-daughter watermelon seed spitting champs share secrets to winning

Some may say Ella Parker, the daughter of 1998 Watermelon Festival Seed Spitting Champ Rebecca Parker, is a spitting image of her mother.

One of the highlights of the Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival every year is the watermelon seed spitting contest.

And some may say Ella Parker, the daughter of 1998 Watermelon Festival Seed Spitting Champ Rebecca Parker, is a spitting image of her mother.

The eight-year-old won a seed spitting contest of her own last weekend at the Farmers’ Market.

Now the two pros are offering up some tips and tricks for how to go the distance at this weekends seed spitting contest.

“The more watermelon you eat, the better you get, the more seeds you can go through,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca was 12 years old at the time when she won the contest in 1998. It was her dad that suggested she participate.

She hadn’t intended on signing up but she had had some practice beforehand, often spitting seeds with some of the neighborhood boys.

Much to her surprise, she became the champion that year!

She guesses it runs in the family, because this past weekend her eight-year-old daughter, Ella, won a seed spitting contest at Watermelon Day at the Farmers Market!

“Yeah I’ve passed it onto her. It’s a once in a lifetime thing. I did it and now it’s Ella’s and she did it and now she can continue if she wants,” Rebecca said.

Ella responded with a confident, “I probably am. Every single time I get a watermelon, I’m going to practice.”

Ella said her strategy during the contest was to stand up as straight as she could, then bend over and just go for it.

Another tip/trick the two both agree on is to just have fun with it.

“You know, practice, or not practice. Just kind of have fun. I think if you have fun with it, you do a lot more than if you don’t,” Rebecca said.

Ella says she hopes to pass on the “seed spitting” gene to her kids someday.