Douglas watermelon eating contest and picnic

    Carter Gendron, 3 years old, participates in the watermelon eating contest. (Photo courtesy of Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The annual fourth of July picnic and watermelon eating contest took place on Sandy Beach at 6:00 pm Sunday.

    Maggie Swanson, a member of the Fourth of July Committee for 18 years, shared more about the community event.

    "Well, it's nice to have wonderful, wonderful weather for everyone to come out and join, join us. We're picking back up to pre-COVID times. And it's nice to see people coming out, coming together as a community to celebrate our Independence Day. So we thank all of our military and veterans, for all they do for us so that we can do this. And this picnic is sponsored by the Douglas volunteer firefighters, and the Douglas Fourth of July Committee. And I can't even tell you how many years it's been going on. But we have added a couple of things. We've always had the watermelon eating contest, and that's for kids as young as two all the way up to if they can get their parents to participate, which is kind of fun for them to watch. And then we have a sand dollar search so we section off the beach. High tide makes it a little difficult today, but we'll section it off and we're gonna go sprinkle sand dollars across the beach and let the kids go find them."

    The Douglas picnic had cheeseburgers, hot dogs, soda, and more provided to the community.

    After people enjoyed their dinner, it was time for the watermelon eating contest.

    Kids were divided into groups of 2-3 years old, 4-5 years old, 6-7 years old, and finally 8-9 years old.

    Following the watermelon eating contest was the sand dollar hunt on Sandy Beach.

    Swanson added this about what she enjoys about the picnic.

    "You'll see people you haven't seen in a few years and you'll make new friends," she said.

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