Hermiston and Portland city officials plan to resurrect a long-standing rivalry over a slice of watermelon on July 31 .
The watermelon giveaway and seed spitting contest begins at 10:30 a.m. in Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave. in Portland. Then the city of Hermiston and Hermiston Chamber of Commerce will distribute free melons and other produce until 2 p.m.
At 11:30 a.m., Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, State Rep. Greg Smith, and several Hermiston city councilors will fill their cheeks with Hermiston watermelon seeds and compete to see who can launch a seed the farthest, said a news release.
The events were once an annual event. This is the first year it has taken place since 2007.
“We’re really happy that we could bring back this great event and continue to build on our relationship with our partners in Portland,” said Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann.