Thursday, July 4

“Independence” is not a word taken for granted in a town famed for the practice of prying out catfish the size of German shepherds barehanded from underwater holes in rivers teeming with snapping turtles and water moccasins. Shortly after Pauls Valley has crowned its annual Okie Noodling tournament champ in June, the town gets ready for the Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championship, part of its Fourth of July celebration. Look for live entertainment, a cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs plus a fireworks show said to be the largest manually-lit display between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Make your mark in hurling history or just enjoy the festivities and watermelon. Events take place at Thompson Field in Wacker Park, U.S. 77 and Park Road in Pauls Valley. Read more at

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