Americana: Just Dessert

Ivan Bright's watermelon weighed a whopping 186 Ibs. that Tuesday and was gaining at least 2 Ibs. a day. Could the melon weigh in at 200 Ibs. by midnight Friday and earn its grower a $10,000 prize offered by a booster organization in Hope, Ark.? It did not reach 200 until Sunday, and Bright, 65, a farm-supply-store employee, had to settle for $500 in other prizes. But Bright's future may yet be, well, bright. For one thing, he has sold some of the seeds of his melon, a dozen for $100, and he is convinced that he can raise a 225-pounder...

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