Last week I went to Luling, Texas for their Watermelon Thump. The red-eye from LA to Houston was uneventful and after 2 hours of driving I got to Flatonia. I ate at a little diner in town - OK food, friendly locals. Flatonia has Joel's BBQ, which some say is good, but I didn't check it out. After being able to get my room an hour early and resting for a couple of hours, I headed to Luling.
It was crowded in town, but OK. Parked, went into the Thump grounds, checked out the spitway, then headed out and went to Luling BBQ. The combination plate of ribs and chicken was excellent. Went in and watched the watermelon seed spitting contest. Around 44' took it this year. Afterward went out, enjoyed the sights and smells, got a turkey leg (also excellent) and talked with a few of the old ranchers.
Drove back to Flatonia and called a friend. I told her about everything including the turkey leg, and she said she wanted one, so I drove back and got her one. Airport security took the small amount of barbecue sauce I has packaged up off of me when I left the next morning. All-in-all it was a fun trip.