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Hail the Melon

If you have nothing better to do, you could go to Vilafranca de Bonany (2,958 inhabitants) today and have a look at this year’s crop of melons. The Festa i Fira del Meló 2012 is exclusively dedicated to the melon and its impressive variety of specimen. The biggest melon last year weighed in at 20.70 kg and was grown by Tomeu Morlà. That was Senyor Morlà’s fifth victory in the annual Sandía contest. In a previous year he had championed the heaviest melon ever recorded in Vilafranca with a meló weiging in at 21.30 kilos. That’s almost half the weight of what one used to call a hundredweight in the old days. The Concurs del Meló mes gros will be held at 10h30. There will also be pieces of melon from Vilafranca for sampling. Bring a napkin. These melons are juicy.

Apart from melons and other agricultural delights (figs, prunes, tomatoes etc.) there will also be dog shows in Vilafranca today (Ca de bestiar, Cans eivissencs, Ca llebrer), a show of carrier pigeons, a sheep show, a Mostra de Porc Negre Mallorquí (Black Pig show) and much more.

If melons are not to your liking, you could make your way to Santa Margalida and its Festes de la Beata a Santa Margalida. The main event there will be held at 21h00 tonight.

The photo (top) was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Vilafranca de Bonany, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 3rd, 2007. The time was 14:38:29. The photo (centre) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Facebook and Deborah’s Culinary Island. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of

Thank you very much, and

moltes gràcies.

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