Darryl O'Leary, president of the Chinchilla Water Melon Festival, said: "We came up with this idea to have a melon festival back in about 1994, and it is growing and just keeps on getting better and better every year.
He said: "This year there is probably six to seven thousand people here, we are eating probably fifteen to twenty tonnes of the watermelon we used here today."
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Every two years, the town pays tribute to the melon harvest with the Chinchilla Melon Festival where people not only eat the melons but use them for a number of other activities.
Festival-goers were also given the chance to take part in events such as "melon bungy" and "melon bullseye" as well as melon-skiing, where participants strap melons to their feet and are pulled along with a rope.
Growers also take part in the traditional Big Melon Weigh-In - trying to beat the current record of 83 kilograms for the heaviest melon.