July and August are the peak season for fresh and juicy watermelons. They are the largest annual horticulture crop in Texas. Hundreds of farms grow watermelons in an area of over 17,000 hectares throughout the state. Harvest season starts in April in the lower Rio Grande Valley; in June and July watermelons are ripe in the Winter Garden and East Texas, and in August the Rolling Plains area is ready for harvest. Late summer and early fall harvests of watermelon can be found in the Southern High Plains. During watermelon season don't forget to visit festivals dedicated to this fruit. The Watermelon Thump is a four-day festival that draws thousands of people to the small city of Luling on the last Thursday-Saturday of June.
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