Osiel Avila, 25, catches two watermelons to send down the line and be placed in large boxes on pallets moving at a slow pace on a flatbed truck, as hundreds of workers harvested watermelons at a field on Highway 140 and Thornton Road on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
Osiel Avila, 25, catches two watermelons to send down the line and be placed in large boxes on pallets moving at a slow pace on a flatbed truck, as hundreds of workers harvested watermelons at a field on Highway 140 and Thornton Road on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. cwinterfeldt@mercedsunstar.com
Osiel Avila, 25, catches two watermelons to send down the line and be placed in large boxes on pallets moving at a slow pace on a flatbed truck, as hundreds of workers harvested watermelons at a field on Highway 140 and Thornton Road on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. cwinterfeldt@mercedsunstar.com

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August 06, 2014 9:11 PM

Watermelon harvest in full swing in Merced County

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