Watermelon seed spitting strategy for Watermelon Day

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -  Ladies and gentlemen, start your seed spitting.

And get ready to go on a roll.

It's a relay race that has kids rolling watermelons around a soccer field.

The kids at one New Orleans school got the day they wait all year for.  It's a ten-year tradition at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood says it's almost as big a deal as Christmas Day.

It's Watermelon Day.

Cas Johnson, an fourteen-year old eighth grader at Green school has a spitting strategy.

It's all in the tongue.

And it's all because of Farmer Ben Burkett from Petal, Mississippi that kids get to celebrate the day with a favorite fruit.

Farmer Ben drives with a truckload of melons.  He's done it one day a year, every year for the last ten years.