New Year's Eve Watermelon Drop

This year's Watermelon Drop will feature watermelon carving demonstrations by world-famous Chef Joe Poon, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Chef Joe is known for lots of skills, but his high-speed carving of watermelons is amazing. Other Watermelon Drop activities include an appearance by Illiana Watermelon Queen Briston Anderson, music, vendors, beer garden and some other surprises that will be announced later. As midnight approaches, the 500 pound watermelon will rise high in the sky and 14 watermelons will be dropped onto the splat-form at the stroke of midnight, with fireworks included.