Watermelon is grown around the world and in 44 U.S. states. It’s one of the most popular global fruits. But year-in and year-out, tiny Cordele, GA is named Watermelon Capital of the World for the sweetness and volume of watermelon that flows from there — there’s even a giant state of a watermelon slice to welcome visitors — along with a giant, decommissioned Titan missile that’s visible from the interstate and draws travelers from all over as they pass on Interstate 75.
The missile lures ’em in — the watermelon makes them want to come back. We’ll talk with some farmers and community leaders about how little Cordele has risen to such grand heights in the watermelon world.