Summer motion Sat.

Travis Thompson, 11, from Summit was a winner in the watermelon eating contest at Summer Motion in Central Park, Saturday.

Nothing goes with a warm summer day like watermelon.

And nothing goes with watermelon better than, well, more watermelon.

And say you got a prize for eating a lot of watermelon at once. Wouldn’t you want that prize to be a watermelon?

“I’ll eat it,” said 11-year-old Travis Thompson of Summit, minutes after claiming the large fruit as his prize for winning the youth division of the annual Summer Motion watermelon eating contest.

Thompson chomped slice after slice of melon to the rind quicker than his two opponents while family members cheered him on in Central Park on Saturday.

“I could’ve eaten another two, probably,” he said after the competition. “It’s easy, you just swallow the seeds and everything.”

It was the seventh year for the competition under the direction of Marion Russell, who gave out spare wedges to eager attendees at the event.

“I just think it’s a lot of fun,” Russell said.

The competition in the adult division got pretty heated as John Dillow beat out his nephew, Zach Dillow, to win the day.

The adults had to go through three full wedges — about half a watermelon — in order to finish.

John Dillow was finished well before any of the others in the competition.

“He doesn’t chew,” nephew Zach said. “I don’t know how he does it.”

John Dillow, who was competing injured with five stitches on his left ring finger held in a splint, joked it was all about his technique.

“That’s the key, to get as much in your mouth as you can swallow at one time.”

As for his prize, John Dillow let his nephew carry it.

“I don’t think I’ll eat it,” he said.

“No,” Zach replied. “He just wants the bragging rights.”

BEN FIELDS can be reached at or (606) 326-2651.

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