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NWA’s centennial celebrants stunned by mystery guest at San Antonio convention

After months of buildup about a mystery special guest at the National Watermelon Association’s centennial celebration — underway in San Antonio, TX, Feb. 20-24 — hundreds of attendees at the Feb. 22 morning keynote session were stunned when former President George W. Bush strolled through the door of the Westin La Cantera resort to a thunderous ovation, accompanied by a phalanx of Secret Service agents.

NWA-2013-089A George W. Bush impersonator entertained attendees of the National Watermelon Association’s centennial celebration. Attendees were stunned further when the 42nd President of the United States launched into a shtick-filled routine worthy of a top-flight comedian, then picked up a guitar and began to serenade the crowd with a rollicking Texas blues tune.

By the time a Secret Service agent whipped out a harmonica and joined the former President for a frenzied duet, a few suspicious eyebrows were raised. And when the President announced shortly thereafter that he was actually a remarkable fake, it was clear that NWA Executive Director Bob Morrissey had pulled off an outstanding prank, duping hundreds in a well-orchestrated campaign that began last summer.

At the Blue Jeans & Diamonds kickoff party the night before, multi-platinum country artists Little Texas — the real guys, no fakes — rocked the house.

And legendary comedian Gallagher — again the real thing, no imposter — is scheduled to perform for conventioneers Feb. 23 as a capstone to the centennial celebration.