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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Thursday marks Watermelon Day at Okla. Capitol

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The day that watermelon lovers have been waiting for has finally arrived.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The day that watermelon lovers have been waiting for has finally arrived.
     
    Thursday is Watermelon Day at the state Capitol, an annual event that promotes Oklahoma's sweetest vegetable as well as healthy lifestyles.
     
    Beginning at 1:30 p.m., state employees and Capitol visitors will be able to savor free samples of Oklahoma watermelon in honor of the upcoming 69th annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. The festival was launched in 1940 and has been held every year since the close of World War II.
     
    The event is hosted by state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs. It is sponsored by the Rush Springs Lions Club.
     
    Before making a stop at the state Capitol, Dorman will pass out free watermelon to employees of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
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