This weekend, for the price of $1, you can attend the 48th annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival , which is a serious deal, as your buck gets you a raffle ticket, lots of activities–and free watermelon.

The festival will have rides, games and contests, including seed-spitting and watermelon-eating contests. There will also be a greased watermelon race (your guess is as good as mine) and a carving display, as well as a petting zoo, beer garden, marketplace and food court. Proceeds from the festival, which is sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club go to support Sunland-Tujunga charities. On Friday, you can also catch the crowning of the Watermelon Festival Queen, a beautifully nostalgic event if you think about it.

Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival: August 14, 15, 16, 2009. Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd.; (866) 420-4118. Click here for directions.

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