This is what a prize watermelon looks like... there was a huge line of people just waiting to walk around and look at each watermelon that was part of the exhibit - seriously... Mark and I did not see the attraction so we took a quick look around and continued exploring the festival.
There was a little section of carnival rides - that Tilt-A-Whirl on the left is my favorite. We didn't ride it.
Plenty of shopping opportunity was available at the watermelon festival.... check out these note pads. And eveyone needs a wild west photo in their home - bonus points for John Wayne.
The red solo cup wine glass next to the canning jar wine glass.
Oops... almost didn't see that guy in the full camouflage.
|This local home had quilts in their yard for sale (many of them embraced the watermelon theme)|
|no explanation necessary for this one|
There were three tractors on display. Em 'r some nice lookin tracters.
|check out the guy's big bag of pork rinds|
The watermelon truly was delicious. And I thought it was really great that the whole community came together to stand around some makeshift wooden bars to eat huge chunks of watermelon on a hot August day.4 cups watermelon puree*
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*Cut watermelon into one-inch cubes, discarding seeds and rind. You'll need about 7 to 8 cups of cubed watermelon to make 4 cups of puree. Place watermelon in blender to puree. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Use the smooth puree for the sorbet.
Create a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved in the water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Combine the watermelon puree, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Stir well and chill in the refrigerator.
Pour cold watermelon mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream maker process is completely, you can eat the sorbet right away or transfer to a container, seal, and freeze until read to serve.
If you have kids or just want to add a little fun to the sorbet, top with a few mini-chocolate chips to look like watermelon seeds. Enjoy!