Event Details/FAQs

We hope you are looking forward to July 1 as much as we are! Here is everything you need to know about Melons for Moolah. Still have questions? Contact us at melons@melonsformoolah.com!

WHAT: Melons for Moolah is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Participants in a Watermelon-Eating Contest” and raise money for various charities.

WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 2018. Safety Harbor’s Market on Main runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Melons for Moolah check-in tent opens at 11 a.m., and the competition begins at noon.

WHERE: Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695


What’s the current record?

200 participants. If we get at least 201, and follow all of the procedures correctly, we’ll set a new World Record!

Who can participate in Melons for Moolah?

Everyone and anyone! However, all participants must be able to compete without assistance, so the event might not be suitable for young children.

Is is free to enter?


Can I just show up on July 1 and compete?

No! Because we need to know how much watermelon to prepare, all participants MUST be registered no later than June 23.

This isn’t one of those gross eating contests where people shove a ridiculous amount of food down their throats, is it?

No! Each participant will have a small portion of watermelon so we can avoid food waste.  The first participant in each sector to finish his or her serving will move on to the finals, with the first participant to finish his or her serving in the finals declared the champion.

Yuck! I don’t like watermelon but I want to be a part of the world-record attempt.

According to Guinness rules, if more than 10 percent of participants do not actively compete, our record attempt will be denied. So if you don’t plan to eat any watermelon, please be respectful of all of the other participants and do not register.

How is this event raising money for charity? And what charities are benefiting?

After registering, participants will get an email asking them to join the Melons for Moolah fundraising team on MightyCauses.Com. Participants are not required to do this, but we hope everyone will! After you join the fundraising team, you’ll be able to select any registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to benefit. From there, it’s all up to you! Share the link to your fundraising page with friends and family and ask them to support you. Donations are straight donations and not tied to how much watermelon you eat. MightyCauses.com keeps a small portion of each donation, but your donors will have the opportunity to cover those costs so your chosen charity gets the full donation. Even if you are not participating in the event, you can register at MightyCauses to use this event to raise money for your favorite non-profit organization!


Is the event taking place rain or shine?

Yes! However, the safety of our participants and volunteers is paramount to us, so if the weather is so severe to threaten your safety, we’ll post news about any postponement/cancellation on our Facebook page.

What else is going on during the competition?

A lot! Safety Harbor’s Market on Main, which is moving from its traditional home at the Gazebo for this week only, will feature a wide variety of vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and drink will be available from vendors.

Where do I park on event day?

There are a limited number of public parking spots at the northernmost end of Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, but there are 1,021 free public parking spaces throughout downtown Safety Harbor a short walk from Waterfront Park, including a public lot at the corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue. All brick spaces along Second Street South and Second Avenue North are public. Also, please consider carpooling, using a ride-share service or riding your bicycle.

Here is a link to a map of free, public parking in Safety Harbor.



Will my name appear in the Guinness Book of World Records?

Only a select number of records are featured in the printed book each year, and the record, if set, will officially be credited to “The City of Safety Harbor.” However, all participants, if they wish, may purchase an embossed “Certificate of Participation” from Guinness World Records as a memento of your accomplishment.


4 thoughts on “Event Details/FAQs

    • Thank you for asking! We will have the Official Rules posted shortly, but each participant will get a plate of 20 melon balls. When the horn sounds, they can eat the balls in any manner (one hand, two hands, no hands), but they may not remove the plate from the table.


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