For a quarter of a century Hempstead has been celebrating the giant fruit that has become a part of summer.
The 25th annual Hempstead Watermelon Festival is this weekend with two evenings of wine tasting, car shows, a quilt show, a carnival, lots of food along with a parade, fun run and a watermelon cake contest.
Mary Ann Drawls of the Watermelon Festival says there is good reason for the town to celebrate. She says Hempstead was once the
Watermelon Capital of the United States..
The 25th annual Hempstead Watermelon Festival is Friday and Saturday in downtown Hempstead.