Melon mayhem underway

The 2011 Chinchilla Melon Festival gets off to a wild start today.
The 2011 Chinchilla Melon Festival gets off to a wild start today.

QUEENSLAND'S Western Downs is host to some of the most unique and quirky events and the Chinchilla Melon Festival certainly leads the way.

Despite the recent floods, the 2011 festival will still be full steam ahead commencing today until Sunday.

Ironically, the festival started in 1994 as a way to pull the community together during a devastating drought.

While the ground might be significantly less dry now, the festival's tradition is still going strong and an influx of visitors for this year’s festival will continue to assist this regional community get back on its feet.

So if you've never seen anyone split open 47 watermelons in 60 seconds using nothing but, well, their own melon, you should probably come to the Chinchilla Melon Festival for one heck of a good laugh!

Known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, Chinchilla typically produces a quarter of Australia’s melons and celebrates the fact biennially with the festival.

Join with the locals for some hilarious fun and festivities with events such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon dash for cash,melon bungee, melon bullseye, pip spitting and melon tossing.

There’s back-to-back entertainment for the whole family with markets, a street parade, arts and crafts, a poets' breakfast, luncheons, free concerts and loads more over the festival. 

So pull on some old clothes and take to the streets of Chinchilla that are awash with melon mayhem. But be warned: you might end up in a very sticky situation!

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