A buddy of mine, Chris Courtenay, pointed out this Onion
headline just moments before accusing me of submitting it. I have apparently mentioned more than once my hometown's
illustrious and self-proclaimed title. At least two other cities make similar claims to melon fame, and there was even talk of a challenge a few years ago followed by a fair amount of G-rated trash talking but the would be contenders have apparently moved on to cucumbers or cantaloupes where the competition hasn't quite ripened.
'Watermelon Capital Of World' Claim Goes Unchallenged
CORDELE, GA—For the 15th year in a row, Cordele has retained the title of “Watermelon Capital of the World” despite a clear lack of evidence that its melons are the biggest, best, or most abundant. “We really expected Knox City, TX, to step up to the plate this year and give us a run for our money,” said Mona Simmons, president of the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce. “Thankfully, they seem content just being the Seedless Watermelon Capital of the World.”