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.
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“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.