Confession time: I’m a watermelon carving addict. When I see a watermelon, I don’t imagine it cut in neat little wedges. I see pirate ships, whales, beach buckets, and Angry Birds. When people invite me to a party, I offer to bring the watermelon because I know that way I’ll have an excuse for carving one up.
Wouldn’t you know it, there’s a place (kind of like a support group) for people like me. The National Watermelon Promotion Board is having its third annual watermelon carving contest this summer. You can enter as many times as you like in the categories of Most Original, Funniest, Most Elegant, Best Jack O’ Melon (like a jack-o-lantern but with a watermelon), and Best Watermelon.org (that is, best interpretation of a watermelon carving that is featured on their site). For each of those categories, the prizes are $100, $50, and $25, for first, second, and third places, respectively. If you’re one of the winners, your watermelon will be posted at What About Watermelon, and put up for a vote. The most popular watermelon will win an additional Amazon gift card of $500.
To submit, send a picture of your watermelon to email@example.com. The deadline is August 4, so get that carving started.
In the meantime, if you need some hints to help with watermelon carving, you can check out these handy watermelon carving tips. And if you need inspiration, check out some recent carvings from my kitchen and from another watermelon carving fiend, Chef Joe of Friday Night Out Catering in Philadelphia:
Disclosure: The Watermelon Board provided me with a watermelon and a gift pack; I did not receive compensation.