The Lloyd Bright family grew 2 world record breaking watermelons in the summer of 2005. Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, a melon was weighed in at 268.8 pounds at the Hope Farm Store. This melon is registered in Lloyd Bright’s name. On Monday, August 29th, 2005, a watermelon grown in the same field, registered in the names of Pat Bright Rhodes and Barbara Bright Jones, captured the world’s title for heaviest melon weighing 262.6 pounds. That melon broke the record of a 262 pound watermelon grown by a Tennessee man. The Bright family set world records in melon size in 1979 with a 200 pound melon and in 1985 with one that weighed 260 pounds. Lloyd Bright says the dry summer had made conditions favorable for the cultivation of giant melons. The 268.8 pound melon was certified by Guinness as the world record in the spring of 2006. Currently, the plaque awarded Lloyd Bright hangs at Dos Loco Gringos Restaurant in Hope. Visit the Bright Family website giantwatermelons.com for the history of big melon growing in Hope.
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