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Photo gallery: Portland gets a taste of the sweet life

Tradition started in the 1980s, revived in 2015
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Hermiston Herald

Published on August 3, 2018 4:11PM

Hermiston city councilor Manuel Gutierrez hands a watermelon to a Portland resident in Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston city councilor Manuel Gutierrez hands a watermelon to a Portland resident in Pioneer Square on Friday.

Hermiston city and chamber staff prepare to hand out watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston city and chamber staff prepare to hand out watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

Hermiston city manager Byron Smith unloads watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston city manager Byron Smith unloads watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

Hermiston city manager Byron Smith unloads watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston city manager Byron Smith unloads watermelons at Pioneer Square in Portland on Friday.

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

City of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce staff hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler converse during the watermelon giveaway at Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler converse during the watermelon giveaway at Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Portland residents enjoy their free Hermiston watermelons handed out in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Portland residents enjoy their free Hermiston watermelons handed out in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler helps hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler helps hand out free watermelons in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Hermiston chamber board chair Paul Keeler wins the seed-spitting contest in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Hermiston chamber board chair Paul Keeler wins the seed-spitting contest in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

City of Hermiston councilor Doug Primmer participates in the seed-spitting contest in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

City of Hermiston councilor Doug Primmer participates in the seed-spitting contest in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Portlanders line up in anticipation of the free Hermiston watermelon giveaway in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.

Contributed photo by Nate Rivera

Portlanders line up in anticipation of the free Hermiston watermelon giveaway in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday.


Portland residents got a taste of the sweet life Friday as the city of Hermiston and Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce gave away 500 Hermiston watermelons in under 20 minutes.

Nate Rivera, superintendent of Hermiston Energy Services, was one of the city staff on hand and said there was a line starting an hour and a half before the giveaway began in Portland’s Pioneer Square. The event also included a seed-spitting contest between Hermiston and Portland officials, won this year by Hermiston chamber board chair Paul Keeler.

Some years Hermiston has also given away other types of produce, but this year stuck to Hermiston’s signature crop, donated by Walchli Farms and Bellinger Farms.

The tradition started with former Hermiston mayor Frank Harkenrider in the 1980s and stopped in 2007 before being resurrected in 2015. Its aim is to build goodwill between the two cities and give their leaders a chance to get to know each other and discuss issues both communities face.

























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