Greetings from Alabama,
The 2015 tour for the Alabama Watermelon
Queen has been very productive this year.
Queen Lenze has been busy visiting schools,
local farmers and farmer’s markets, grocery
stores, and much more!
In June, Queen Lenze visited five Rouses Supermarkets in the Mobile area. She handed out
lots of watermelon samples, coloring books, and
recipes cards. Each store was so welcoming and
excited to have a visit from the Alabama Watermelon Queen. Thank you Rouses for another
wonderful promotion. In July, Queen Lenze got
to welcome over nine hundred shoppers during the opening of a new commissary in Fort
Rucker, AL. We would like to thank the Military
Produce Group from another great promotion
and great display of watermelon supporting the
Wounded Warrior Project!
Farm tours are one of the best ways for Queen
Lenze to learn firsthand how watermelons are
grown. Hudson Shelly gave us a tour of Shelley
Farms in Southeast Alabama. This year Queen
Lenze has been able to meet many small farmers
in Alabama. She has helped celebrate Watermelon
Day at the Enterprise, Poplar Head, and Headland
Farmers Markets. The Alabama Watermelon Association teamed up with Landmark Park to celebrate and educated visitors on watermelon. Queen
Lenze also appeared on a WTVY Live at Lunch
special, speaking about upcoming promotions and
the health benefits of eating watermelon.
We had the great opportunity to celebrate Independence Day at the annual Watermelon 5k in Winter
Park, FL and cheering on Ross Chastain at the
Daytona Xfinity Race. Queen Lenze, FL Queen
Kelli, and National Queen Emily were able to
teach hundreds of fans in the FanZone about the
#WatermelonFTW social media campaign.
While a great summer has come and gone, we are
looking forward to have an amazing fall as we
are headed back to Washington DC for the Marine Corp Marathon. Hope to see you all there!
Alabama Watermelon Association
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 outstanding 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.
Hudson Shelley of Shelley Farms teaching Lenze all about
farming watermelons and cotton.
Pit stop for refreshing slice of watermelon
Sharing the #WatermelonFTW sign at the Fan Zone at the
Daytona Xfinity Race
Picking the best watermelon is easy as 1, 2, 3…
Queen Lenze and Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin at the Fort
Rucker Commissary Grand Opening.
These Queen’s love watermelon!
Seed spit participants and Queen Lenze at the
Headland Farmers Market.
cheer on the
line at the
Queen Lenze and two precious girls at the
Enterprise Farmers Market.
News anchor Devon Sellers with Queen Lenze after her Live
at Lunch interview on WTVY-TV.
Poplar Head Farmers market in Dothan, AL
watermelon at the
Queen Lenze and Scott Davis with The Military Produce
Group at the grand opening of a new commissary in Fort