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Sweet corn icon Harbes gives watermelons center stage at festival

Visitors participate in the watermelon rolling contest at

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Sweet Corn Festival last year. But the popularity of another crop is growing, prompting another annual event.

The second Watermelon Festival took place last Saturday and Sunday at the Mattituck farm. Owner Ed Herbes, 57, of Mattituck, said watermelon has become a best-seller, taking up several acres on his 100-acre farm...

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