AMES, Iowa — While some ISU students may have headed for Welch Avenue or the dinning halls Thursday night, some came out for an event call Melon Mania.
At Iowa State University there is plenty of research involving muskmelons. The university does not sell these melons, but this year they’ve found a purpose.
Melon Mania is a fund raising event driven by members Beta Theta Pi. The fraternity is supporting an ISU based foundation called Establish and Grow in Uganda. “They educate women and children on how to feed themselves, and growth healthy foods,” said Cole Staudt, who is with the committee promoting the event. He said his fraternity got behind this, some worked to pick and sort the melons.
A portion of the melons were offered for sale, or to eat on the spot. Those not available for eating were marked with a red X. The melons were smashed, used in a skee ball game, or used as a bowling ball to knock over real wooded pins. Some martial arts students were smashing melons with a whirling kick.
Kellen Gorman is a student at ISU. He had some success with muskmelon getting a strike in bowling, and doing well at skee ball. Gorman said getting the right melon is important.”You go through and look at size and shape, you don’t want it too soft or too hard,” he said.