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Watermelon-eating kicks off Mid-State Fair’s daily contests

Krish Patel, 13, mows down his watermelon on the way to a first-place finish in the junior division of the watermelon-eating contest Wednesday at the California Mid-State Fair.
Krish Patel, 13, mows down his watermelon on the way to a first-place finish in the junior division of the watermelon-eating contest Wednesday at the California Mid-State Fair. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The California Mid-State Fair held the first of its daily contests Wednesday with a watermelon-eating challenge.

Competitors from three age groups — kids, juniors and adults — battled to see who could eat a slab of watermelon down to the rind the fastest.

The winner of each group received a ribbon.

The fair’s contests are held at the Rancho Frontier Stage. Upcoming events include a sponge toss, cupcake challenge, salsa-making contest and a pie-eating competition, among others.

For any watermelon lovers who missed the first go-round, that event will make an encore on the last day of the fair, at 6 p.m. July 30.

California Mid-State Fair

Admission to the California Mid-State Fair costs $8 for ages 6 to 12, $12 for ages 13 to 61 and $10 for ages 62 and up. (Children 5 and under get in free.) Season passes cost $30 for kids and $60 for ages 13 and up.

Discounts are available for children, seniors and members of the armed forces on special theme days.

The fair runs through July 30 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave., in Paso Robles. For more information, call 1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit www.midstatefair.com.

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