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McDade watermelons grow, with or without festival

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    This watermelon weighs in at 184.5 pounds.
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    From left to right: sons Tony Roberts-Neidig and Wayne Roberts-Neidig and father Larry Neidig show off watermelons weighing 159.7 pounds, 179.5 pounds and 184.5 pounds, respectively.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of the McDade Watermelon Festival, that isn't stopping McDade growers from showing off their gigantic creations. Larry Neidig, the grand champion of the festival's annual melon weigh-in for the past two years, grew a watermelon this year that weighs in at 184.5 pounds. These watermelons range from 134.2 pounds to 184.5 pounds.

Photos courtesy of Christine Walla