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Long 4-H'er grows 2nd biggest melon
Andrew watermelon
Andrew Groover kneels next to his 122 pound Carolina cross watermelon. - photo by Photo provided.

A Long County 4-H’er took second place in the 2017 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and Georgia Watermelon Association, the contest takes place during the watermelon season and must be weighed in by Aug. 4.

Long County’s Andrew Groover took on the challenge and was able to grow a 122.1 pound Carolina cross. Second place won him $50.

If you are interested in competing next year, you may refer to the Watermelon Growing Contest website for growing tips or contact George Boyhan, the Extension specialist for growing tips at or 912-681-5639.

For more information about Long County 4-H, contact Savannah Carter, Extension educator at or 912-545-9549.

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