Sepia Saturday - Greased Watermelon Anyone?

Speaking of games, has anyone ever played "greased watermelon" during the heat of the summer?

I saw this old photo of campers posing for a camp photo on the waterfront. It immediately brought back a memory of my camp days when the temperature was so hot that all field activity was suspended and the entire camp spent the afternoon on the water with fun filled games.

When we played greased watermelon we had to push the watermelon toward our goal. It was sort of like soccer in the water with a very slippery and heavy soccer ball. But you could use whatever body part you wanted to move the melon. Basically was mayhem in chest deep water. Once the melon was pushed though a goal the match was over. Camper teams were paired up by age group for fairness.

One summer there was a melon that completely disappeared under the swim dock. We started a rumor that a giant snapping turtle that lived under the docks grabbed it and ate it with one bite. Of course that was just camp myth.

The best part of the greased watermelon games was everyone was a winner, and all the melons used in the competition were carved up and devoured right there on the swim dock. Seed fights ensued...




You might find more greased watermelons at Sepia Saturday.

Comments

Kristin said…
I never heard of or saw this game until now. When I read your description I thought that the watermelon must float but I see they don't.
Wendy said…
What a funny game. I've never played it, but I can see how it would be popular at camp.
21 Wits said…
Oh what great times to be had at summer camp!...and the many wonderful memories for most.....Sounds like quite an interesting game too!
Bob Scotney said…
It's a new game to me but looks fun to watch someone playing.
Unknown said…
Looks like they are more into grabbing each other than the watermelon. This was a great post. Very different indeed. I loved it.
QMM
Anonymous said…
How funny! I've never heard of it but it sounds like a laugh :-) Jo
Postcardy said…
It looks a little like water polo.
DougVernX said…
Thanks so much everyone for the nice comments. All your support is greatly appreciated. There was some question as to the buoyancy of a watermelon. Watermelon neither float nor sink, they just hover at the surface of the water. I guess all that water in them makes the melon just about as dense as the surrounding water. lol.
I'm originally from Southern Illinois where watermelons are very popular at the end of the summer at picnics and get-togethers but I have never heard of "greased watermelons!" I think I got cheated out of something!
Terri said…
That sounds like a blast. Of course I would be the one to drop it!

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