Every Two Years These Australians Misbehave With Melons… And It Looks Like A Lot Of Fun.

When one thinks of Australia, the notion of skiing doesn’t readily come to mind. However, if you replace your skis with watermelon and replace the snow with…well, watermelon, you’ll find yourself right at home in the Australian town of Chinchilla.

Every two years, Chinchilla holds its famous Melon Festival. The festival lasts for four days, and during that time festival-goers suit up in their old clothes to go frolic in sticky watermelon muck! There are events for melon throwing, seed spitting, and yes, melon skiing!

Residents and tourists in Chinchilla put watermelons on their feet for ski races through the melon-muck.

Residents and tourists in Chinchilla put watermelons on their feet for ski races through the melon-muck.

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This guy is on his way to victory! If a melon-skier wins a game, he gets the title of Melon Baller (just kidding, but we wish!)

This guy is on his way to victory! If a melon-skier wins a game, he gets the title of Melon Baller (just kidding, but we wish!)

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Pulp-throwing is also an event at the Melon Festival.

Pulp-throwing is also an event at the Melon Festival.

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Of course, there’s plenty of delicious watermelon to eat (whenever you get tired of throwing it).

Of course, there's plenty of delicious watermelon to eat (whenever you get tired of throwing it).

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The melon festival isn’t wasteful, either: There are plenty of watermelons to go around, and all of them are over-ripe and don’t meet the standards for retail sale. Instead of letting them go to waste, the festival puts them to great use!

The melon festival isn't wasteful, either: There are plenty of watermelons to go around, and all of them are over-ripe and don't meet the standards for retail sale. Instead of letting them go to waste, the festival puts them to great use!

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