The Tiny Nebraska Town That Transforms Into A Watermelon Wonderland Each Year

Is there any summer fruit more beloved than watermelon? The sweet, juicy melon is the centerpiece of an annual festival in the tiny northeastern Nebraska village of Thurston (population 132).

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If you’re interested in helping out with Thurston Watermelon Days this year or just want to keep up on dates and other news, like the Facebook page right here. Have you ever attended this festival? We’d love to hear your stories in the comment section.

If this fun festival just isn’t quite odd enough for you, we’ve got another delightfully quirky summer event not too far from Thurston – check it out here.