It’s the weekend again, McKinney, and we’ve got some unique stuff going on! Check it out.
This Saturday marks the First Annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest at Chestnut Square. Cindy Johnson, Chestnut Square’s Executive Director explains, “We’re looking for record setting spits at our seed spitting contest, too. The world record of 68 feet 9 and 1/8 inches has been in place since 1989. That’s a long time for a record to stand. We need to see if we just can’t break that record this Saturday! Here we are smack dab in the middle of melon country with one of the best growing seasons in the past century. We need toget our spitters out here and show some appreciation!”
Categories include:BEST L’IL SPITTER (12 AND UNDER) BEST BIG SPITTER (12-59) BEST OLE’ GEEZER SPITTER (60 AND UP) BEST SPITTOON TARGET HITTER (ALL AGES)
The winner each of the first three categories will win a trophy and bragging rights of course. The winner of the fourth category will win a juicy watermelon.
Seed spitting is an open competition for any age/sex. Height, weight, or size of mouth shall not prevent any individual form competing. Official spitting seeds will be provided in watermelon slice purchased for $1. No one will be permitted to use their own seed.First Annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest 9:30-11:30 at Chestnut Street In front of the Dulaney Cottage
Because melons are worth celebrating in any way possible, Chestnut Square is also hosting the Melon Dash 5k on Saturday. Enjoy the shady streets of the McKinney Historic District as you enjoy the cool weather this summer has treated us with. As you cross the finish line you’ll enjoy cool towels and refreshments.
After the race, stroll through the Farmer’s Market and enjoy the offerings in the sponsor village, including live music, food and beer.
This year’s dash benefits North Texas Cat Rescue.Melon Dash 5k Saturday, August 2 7:45 am Click here for registration
Boo and HissThe McKinney Repertory Theatre will open the production of The Belle of West Texas this weekend. The Courtroom Theater at the McKinney Performing Arts Center is the venue for McKinney Rep’s annual melodrama. If you aren’t familiar with a melodrama, you are going to want to go experience it first hand. During a melodrama, the audience gets to participate. You get to boo and hiss at the villain. You get to ooh and ahh over the romantic scenes, you get to throw popcorn!
And hey, if you bring a canned good to donate, MRT will provide you with the popcorn for throwing!
Performances run two weekends, but if you go tonight for opening night, you get to join the cast in an after party.The Belle of West Texas The Courtroom Theater McKinney Performing Arts Center for tickets August 1,2,8,9 at 8 pm August 10 at 2:30 pm
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary will have the zipline open on Saturday, August 2nd from 1-4 pm. This is not just any zipline, y’all. It’s a 500 foot trip through the beautiful trees in the sanctuary.
As you can imagine, it gets busy, so reservations are required!
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife SanctuaryZipline Saturday, August 2 1, 2, or 3 pm $12 per zip Click here for reservations