Veterans get "taste" of watermelon before festival

Veterans get "taste" of watermelon before festival

LAWTON, Okla._People in Rush Springs are gearing up for the 71st annual Watermelon Festival this weekend, but a few Lawton veterans got a taste of the event a bit early.

Rush Springs native and former state legislator Joe Dorman visited the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center and brought 11 royal sweet watermelons to share slices of the fruit with more than 200 veterans. Dorman says this is a small, but great, gesture to honor the veterans and he only wishes they would have thought of it sooner.

"The men who live here are just fantastic. I had the opportunity to work to get this facility completed when I was in legislature. It's great to see that this is one of the shining jewels in our veteran department through the state. We certainly want to show our appreciation," Dorman said.

There's no entry or parking fee for the Watermelon Festival, but there will be arts and crafts for purchase and a cost to attend the car show and other activities. The opening ceremony for the festival is Saturday at 9:00 a.m.