It's one of my favorite times of year. It's like a huge family reunion complete with your favorite foods and beverages. It's time for the Watermelon Thump in Luling!!

Every year it seems that "the Thump" (as the locals call it) gets bigger and better. It's a four-day celebration of everyone's favorite summer treat - watermelon. The festival includes a carnival, kiddie rides, food booths, arts and crafts booths, a beer garden, live entertainment, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest and more. It all takes place in downtown Luling, Texas, and it really is all about watermelon... Black Diamond watermelons, to be exact. The champion watermelon award is given to the largest Black Diamond watermelon grown according to the grower's association rules. The top entries in the Melon Contest are sold at auction. The Champion melon has brought between $400 and $22,500. Part of the proceeds from the auction support student scholarships.

But that's not all. The Watermelon Thump is known for great live entertainment, too. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect this year;

Thursday June 23

No Grounds Admission. Fun starts after 5:00 p.m. Food and Arts & Crafts open. Texas Unlimited Band headlines on the main stage.

Friday June 24

One $8 gate admission gives full access after 5 p.m. to all areas of the festival. Stay and enjoy the main stage acts, Mark McKinney and Casey Donahew Band, and more.

Saturday June 25

A $10 gate one admission gate charges includes grounds access plus all music, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Turnpike Troubadours, Kyle Park, Cody Canada and The Departed.

Sunday June 26

Sunday features Free Full Access with a Car Show, Music featuring Jim Byrom & Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88's, and Team Seed Spitting. Festivities take place 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In 1954, Hermon Allen, a school prinicipal, proposed the idea of a celebration to honor the growers and promote the Luling watermelon market. A contest was held to name the event and honor was won by a student, Mr. Carol Ferguson. From that time, the Thump has been held the last full weekend in June.

So don't miss a minute of the fun this weekend at the 58th annual Watermelon Thump in Luling, Texas!! I'll see you in the beer garden.