What a busy tour for our National Queen! Brandi has loved
and treasured every promotion. She is doing an excellent job
We have had so many exciting promotions, complete with
fantastic media coverage. June and July were a whirlwind of
promotions. We appreciate all the wonderful sponsorship for
We were sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion
Board for so many promotions, many back to back, all AMAZING. Thank you so much for all your support, preparation and
believing in the Queen program. Extraordinary promotions with
outstanding media coverage, it was awesome!
NWA’s own First President Dennis Mouzin sponsored the
NASCAR races, yes two
this year. The Nationwide
series on Saturday and the
Sprint Cup series race on
Sunday at the Brickyard.
What successful events,
In order to share more
promotions per printing
with limited space, I will
again let my pictures
showcase all the
Also included in this
report are photos from
Food Network Magazine,
July/August issue, where
watermelon and our
National Queen, Brandi
was featured, excellent
Our heartfelt appreciation to all the following
sponsors of these
Board; Browning & Sons;
Dr. Bill Martin, Martin
Orthodontics; Rantz Smith
Farms; Gibson Produce;
Murray Tillis; Borders
Melons East; Dennis
Brothers; Thank You!
We are looking forward
to many upcoming promotions in the fall. We are
excited to again be promoting watermelon at the
Marine Corp Marathon
partnering with NWPB.
It’s a lot of hard work but
certainly a venue where
our product is an appropriate and appreciated fit.
in our Nation’s capital for
the annual Marine Corp
Marathon is an awesome
event for our industry.
Special thanks to Stephanie
Barlow, NWPB and
NWA for making it happen!
Until Next Printing,
Have you had Your Watermelon today?
Eleanor T Bullock
NWA Promotion 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 Achievement Award. Mrs. Corliss Smith of Billy Smith’s Watermelons 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 McMelon, Miss Amber Nolin of Enterprise, sponsored by
Billy Smith’s Watermelons, and Miss Jaime Minor of
Muscle Shoals, sponsored by Gulf Seed. Congratulations 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.
Brandi is interviewed at the Santa Anita Track
near Pasadena, CA
Running the Annual Longo’s Watermelon Eating Contest
Meagan, Jennifer and
Brandi are ready for
Longo’s in Toronto
Montona and Brandi visit Rob Gibson and precious nephew at
Brandi Harrison is
Loving the party!
Touring Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s residence in Tokyo
Japan prior to the July 4th Party
Mr. Takeda-san and Gordon Hunt with Brandi at Ambassador
Caroline Kennedy residence in Japan
zine, all about
Brandi practices her Japanese with this group of Japanese
comedians together they filmed a watermelon commercial
Girls with Nicole and friend of Faye Clack Communications at
Marche’s Restaurant during our promotion there
Juliemar and Brandi
are guest in the famous
Chandelier Room at the
Santa Anita Track
A beautiful tour of
Mt. Fuji and the
area in Japan and
return ride on the
In the Winners Circle to present the winner with the trophy
Thank You Brad Brownsey!
Thanks to Brandi’s Grandmother Loynell, and Mom Sherri
Harrison for all your gracious hospitality!
Meagan and Brandi at the Tour De Melon in Chiefland
Thank you Browning & Sons for sponsoring
Winn Dixie in Chiefland Brandi is welcomed by Store
Director, Paul and Merchandiser Barry
A stop by Billy Smith’s office for a visit!
Brandi visits sponsors Rantz and Stephanie Smith and
Sponsor Dr. Bill
Martin and furry
with Brandi at his