The launch party for Omaha Magazine and Encounter's new issues also features our second annual watermelon-eating contest.
It's not just Omaha Magazine's second annual watermelon-eating contest, it's also our launch party for the July/August issues of Omaha Magazine (our food issue) and the latest Encounter Magazine!
It's all FREE and happening at the Florence Mill Sunday Farmers Market. There will be organic produce vendors, arts & crafts, animals (chickens and calves), music (flutes, folk guitar, and local rock band), an exhibition upstairs in the mill, and more.
The market begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. We will be there all day!
The watermelon-eating contest will begin at noon with an adult competition (age 18+), followed by a youth competition. Judges will determine the top-three finishers in each contest. There is room for 10 contestants in both the adult and youth divisions
Participation in the watermelon-eating contest is free, but advance RSVP is required due to limited space and limited watermelons. Message us on Facebook or email Omaha Magazine editors ([email protected]) to RSVP as a contestant.
Top-three finishers in each age category will win a choice of gift certificates from restaurants advertising in Omaha Magazine. Prizes range in value from $20-$50, offered by Upstream Brewing Company, Jazz (A Louisiana Kitchen), Tired Texan BBQ, FirstWatch, and DJ's Dugout. Watermelons are sponsored by the Florence neighborhood Hy-Vee.
At the Florence Mill Farmers Market, we will also reveal our Munch Madness bracket, a challenge fashioned after March Madness where one dish representing one zip code will face off against rival zip codes/dishes. Munch Madness will span the months of July and August with a Round of 32, Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final 4, and Championship (all determined through polls on Omaha Magazine's Facebook page).
We hope the contest will remind you to vote for all your favorite restaurants and businesses in the Best of Omaha public voting that will run from July 1 through Aug. 20: http://omahamagazine.com/best-of-omaha/