Ambassadors from Hermiston hand out watermelons to Portland residents on Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Hermiston residents handed out 5,000 pounds of Hermiston watermelons in about 15 minutes as part of the annual giveaway, which seeks to spread goodwill and knowledge about Hermiston agriculture and provide opportunities to network between the two cities. The watermelons were donated by local farms. After opening remarks by Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz, officials from both cities took part in a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Rep. Greg Smith, who represents Hermiston in the state legislature, won the contest with a distance of 29 feet, 8 inches, beating contestants from both cities.