We can’t believe summer is
almost over! Queen Jennifer
has had a busy and packed
schedule promoting Georgia
Watermelon these past months.
Queen Jennifer started our
season down in the heart of
Georgia’s watermelon country
visiting some of GWA grower
members and learning more
about production and
distribution. Thanks to Melon
1, Ricky Tucker Farms, Carr and
Jane Hussey, Leger & Son, and Rutland
Farms for an awesome time on the farm!
From there, Jennifer traveled to Toronto,
Ontario with Florida Queen Meagan and
National Queen Brandi for the annual
Longos Watermelon Eating Contest!
Thank you to the NWPB for your
coordination and support for
Queen Jennifer came back
to the states just in time for
the week of July 4th, watermelons’ largest holiday. She
made appearances and distributed watermelon samples to
THOUSANDS in Kennesaw
and in Athens at July 4th
festivals. A huge thanks to
Melon 1 and Leger & Son
for donating watermelons and
trucks for those events! Between festival hops, Jennifer
was featured on a primetime
television show Atl & Company talking watermelon with host
Christine Pullara. Thank you Seminis for
your support for that awesome experience! She also visited Harvey’s in Tifton,
and Kroger’s in Kennesaw and Athens
to encourage shoppers to purchase sweet
Georgia Watermelon for the holiday
We went north again in mid-July
for a trip to Ottawa, Canada for
a week full of watermelon
promotions in Loblaws locations! We had a great time
showing local shoppers the
1, 2, 3’s of picking the perfect
watermelon and hosting
popular eating contests!
Thanks again NWPB for your
help coordinating these international trips.
Later in the summer, we
ate watermelon slices with the
Georgia Bulldogs (Goooo
Dawgs!) made visits to the
Moultrie State Farmers Market and had an awesome trip
with the other state queens for the
Mar-Del Queen Tour. We also marched
with 500 other industry representatives
up Capitol Hill to visit with Georgia’s
congressmen and Senators at United
Fresh’s powerful event, The Washington
Even though Georgia’s season has
passed, Queen Jennifer is passionate
about watermelon being a perfect
food to enjoy year round! We’ve
got a great fall and winter planned
for her to continue promoting
you, our association, and
Thank you for all your
support! Mark your calendars
for our 2015 convention,
back in St. Simons at the
King & Prince Resort, January
Samantha T. Kilgore
GWA Promotions Coordinator
Greetings from the Alabama Association!
The 32nd annual Alabama Watermelon Association
Convention was held in February at the Beau Rivage
Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The convention was full
of fun, excitement, and even karaoke! This year was a
great success and a special thank you to all the sponsors:
Allen Lund Company, Billy Smith’s Watermelons, Inc.,
Clifton Seed Company, Genecco Produce, International
Paper, LTF Greenhouses, McMelon, Inc, Morgan Wood
Products, National Watermelon Association, National
Watermelon Promotion Board, RockTenn, Sakata Seed,
Sunny Fresh, Valdosta Plant Company, and Williams
Manis Produce Marketing. Thank you all for making
our convention not only possible, but a great success.
There are a few more people who received awards
for their hard work, generosity, and support. Mr. Terry
Jones, Southern Quality Shippers received the King
Buyer Award and Mr. Rantz Smith, Smith Farms of Bell,
Inc received the King Donor Award. Ray Gilliland of
Ray Gilliland Melons received the Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award. Mrs. Corliss Smith of Billy Smith’s Wa-
termelons received the Jan Ware Award. Mr. Jay Jones
of Sakata Seed received the Outstanding Service Award.
Thank you all for your dedication the association, it is
One last farewell to the 2011 Alabama Watermelon
Queen, Miss Ann-Marie Urrutia. A special thank you
for all your hard work and dedication, over the past year.
You have represented the Alabama Association with
great pride and elegance! Ann-Marie has been an out-
standing representative for our association. In addition,
thank you to all that helped make her year so special.
We had four outstanding young women compet-
ing for the 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen position.
Miss Meghan Patterson of Thorsby, sponsored by Sunny
Fresh, Miss Leah Knight of Berry sponsored by Mc-
Melon, Miss Amber Nolin of Enterprise, sponsored by
Billy Smith’s Watermelons, and Miss Jaime Minor of
Muscle Shoals, sponsored by Gulf Seed. Congratula-
tions to Miss Amber Nolin on your new role as the 2012
Alabama Watermelon Queen. Miss Amber is the 20
year old daughter of Greg and Renea Nolin. She lives
in Enterprise and attends Enterprise Sate Community
Amber and I are both very excited to get this year
started. We will be attending the Florida Watermelon
Convention on March 23rd-25th in Tampa, FL. Following that Amber will attend the Queen Training hosted
by the National Watermelon Promotion Board, visit
elementary schools, attend watermelon festivals, and
complete a farm tour. Amber is eager to start her year
learning about and promoting watermelons.
Newly crowned Queen Amber with her sponsor, Mr. Billy and
Mrs. Corliss Smith.
Queen Amber with Mr. Kelley and Mrs. Jean Marinaro
An amazing group of “has beens!”
Queen Kimberly, Queen Whitney, Queen Amber, Queen Ann-
Marie, and Queen Katelyn
2nd runner up, Leah Knight, Queen Amber, and 1st runner up
Queen Ann-Marie receiving her beautiful watermelon jewelry
from the AWA board.
Contestants ready for opening number.
Contestants getting tips on the seed spit competition from Mr.
Visiting Queens, contestants, board members and special guest
after the auction at the AWA convention.
All the beautiful contestants ready for evening gown
Queen Ann-Marie and Queen Katelyn, Congratulations on
A Winning Line-up!
With Affirmed, Bold Ruler and Citation,
Growers across the country are enjoying the
benefits of wide adaptability, high yield,
excellent uniformity and sweet flavor.
© 2012 Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Visit the Rutland
everyone eat watermelon in Toronto! Wholefoods in Delaware with the other queens!
Atl & Company with Christine Pullara
off watermelon at
the block! Sometimes, Queen Jennifer even competes in the contest!
Sharing a slice
Great to see
at Leger &
These girls loved seeing the Watermelon Queen at the Farmers
in Ottawa in
Carolina, Mar-Del and
in the field!
at his farm
with Queen’s Brandi
and Meagan in Toronto
Having a good
time at the Longos
Passing out watermelon at the July 4th
festival in Kennesaw!
Thanks Melon 1!
to pick out the
troops at the July