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Record-Holding Watermelon Grower Dies at 92, in Hope

AUGUST 15, 2006 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CDT


HOPE, AR - Ivan Bright, who grew world record-sized watermelons in Hope, has died at the age of 92.  Bright died Saturday, on the 30th anniversary of the Hope Watermelon Festival.

Bright held the world watermelon record for a 268.8-pound Carolina Cross watermelon.  The melon was grown in Bright's watermelon patch in the Rocky Mound community.

Bright first claimed a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records in 1979 with a 200-pound melon.  Fifteen years later, the Bright family again took the record with a 260-pound watermelon.

Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey said Bright brought notoriety to the Hempstead County town because of his abundant watermelon patch.

Ramsey says Bright was a "very kind man who will be very much missed."

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