ORENBURG, August 26. /TASS/. More than 6 thousand guests of the Orenburg region, neighboring regions and Kazakhstan took the XII international festival “Sol-Iletsk watermelon” in the Orenburg region, the correspondent of TASS.

“The festival was held on the main square of the city of Sol-Iletsk, according to preliminary estimates, the festival was visited by more than 6 thousand guests. The honorary guest of the festival was the famous Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov with his family”, – said the representative Sol-Iletsk urban district.

Festival guests were treated with dishes out of watermelons and cantaloupes, worked the national and the rural farmstead, an exhibition of desserts from fruits and berries “Versailles”, a contest for the best watermelon meadow. Visitors dabbled in carving – the art of creating bizarre shapes and compositions of watermelons. In the competition for the fastest eating of watermelon ten people for ten minutes ate almost 30 kg of watermelons .

“I’m in Sol’ -Iletsk for the fourth time, we live here. Very friendly people,” said Fyodor Konyukhov told reporters.

Sol-Iletsk watermelon – the same brand of the Orenburg region as Orenburg shawl. In 2013 the Orenburg resort city received the certificate of registration of the trademark “Sol-Iletsk – watermelon capital of Russia”.

Watermelon festival is held in Sol ‘ -Iletsk since 2006. The festival promotes the preservation and development of distinctive local culture, which was formed from the traditions and customs of representatives of 27 nationalities living in the area. In addition, the festival shows the importance of the development of the culture of melons, which the district exists since the XIX century, helps to solve the problems of forming and development of technologies for growing melons, support to peasant farms.