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Spit Farther!

Paul Stekler

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This footage showcases the annual Luling, TX watermelon festival from a ten minute documentary short entitled "Spit Farther!" Located thirty miles southeast of Austin, Luling has held its annual "thump" in early June for over fifty years. The weekend event features a parade headlined by the "Watermelon Queen" and her court, contests for best locally grown watermelon, watermelon eating, and, as the main event, the "world" championship watermelon seed spitting contest. The footage seen here is from the very start of the adult division spitting competition – the world record of which is said to be over 69 feet. "Spit Farther!" was produced by University of Texas filmmaker Paul Stekler, who re-used some of this footage in his 2002 film "Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style," which focused on a race for state representative in a district that includes Luling.