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Watermelon festival to kick off in Kinmen County
2017/07/12 20:08:18 小型字 中型字 大型字
Taipei, July 12 (CNA) A watermelon festival will be resumed this year in outlying Kinmen County this Saturday after a six-year hiatus, according to a local community development association in the county's Jinsha Township.

The Watermelon Festival in Xinqiandun, which was held annually since 2003, was suspended after its eighth year, but will be resumed this year, said community chief Chen Ching-hu (陳慶虎).

Besides watermelons, the community is also known for other agricultural produce, including white cabbages, bamboo shoots, peanuts, maize, white radishes, carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, all of which were a great source of income for the local community in past times, when revenue generated primarily came from the military personnel stationed on the island, Chen said.

But with the decrease in the military presence in recent years, demand has fallen, he added.

Chen said he hopes the resumption of the festival will help bring visitors to Xinquandun.

The festival will include a number of competitions such as spitting watermelon seeds, among other activities and performances.

(By Huang Huei-min and Ko Lin)ENDITEM/J
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