It’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stanhope State University is proud to present the Watermelon Eating Championship at the 2022 Stanhope Lions Watermelon Day… this time with 3 divisions of competition!!!!!!!

Complete official rules and guidelines are below.   

If you have any questions about the Watermelon Eating Championship, email or call/text 515-402-6715.

Good Luck and see you at the Stanhope Lions Watermelon Day!!!   


  • Stanhope State University Watermelon Eating Championship
  • Stanhope Lions Watermelon Day
  • Saturday, July 16th,  2022
  • This event is FREE to enter
  • 11:00 AM - 1 PM - Athlete registration
  • 1 PM Mandatory athletes check
  • 1:30 PM - Championship festivities begin  

To register for competition in the Watermelon Eating Championship, use the online form with the link below or sign up at the Stanhope Locker, Jewell Market or Story City Floral and Garden starting Tuesday, July 5th.

To register online, click here.  



  • Youth – Ages 6 to 9
  • Junior – Ages 10 to 13
  • Varsity – Ages 14 and up

THREE WINNERS PER DIVISION, each champion will receive:

  • $100 cash prize
  • Watermelon Eating Championship Belt
  • World renown glory
  • A secured place in history
  • Small Town Iowa Immortality


  • It's simple, first athlete to finish their slice of watermelon in the shortest amount of time without using their hands, wins.
  • Hands free eating is required, all the watermelon must be consumed and not regurgitated or spit up (this will result in ejection from the contest) prior to the completion of the contest.
  • Watermelon must be eaten clean to the rind, completion of the watermelon eating is to be decided by a judge, not the contestant.
  • The judges have the final authority regarding all contest related matters and may cancel the contest at any time. 
  • In the event  of a tie, the athletes will participate in a second round of eating. The first to finish their portion of watermelon, wins, or so on, until a winner is declared.
  • No alcohol allowed, athletes suspected of being intoxicated prior to the championship will be disqualified from competition
  • Registration deadline is 1:00pm on Watermelon Day, Saturday, July 16
  • Only 30 athlete slots are available per division 
  • Rules and guidelines are subject to change. Void where prohibited.

Good luck and see you July 16th! Here's the reigning 2021 Champion, Kelly Clabuagh!!