Luling Watermelon Thump Slideshow


  • Oliver Oliveros of R Bar 5 Ranch stands up on his horse as part of the parade. (Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey)

  • Thump Queen Victoria Basquez waits for her float to join the parade that kicks off The Luling Watermelon Thump. The festival celebrates the heritage of growing watermelons in the Luling community. (Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey)

  • The Shiner Hobo Band plays at the Small Stage in the Pavilion. The band is sponsored by The Spoetzl Brewery and plays Czech and German music for the Thump. (Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey)

  • Bubba Damon pauses after preparing watermelon slices for the watermelon eating contest. (Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey)

  • Samantha Mager, 14, participates in the watermelon eating contest. Mager has won in her age group for the past four years. (Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey)