Watermelon Greetings from FLORIDA!!!
As the summer comes to end, our fall begins. In the next few
months when you are shopping at your local grocery store and
produce stand, look for our Fall Watermelons in your area. If
you see a Fresh from Florida Watermelon please purchase it
and support our local Florida farmers!
Mark your calendar January 15-17, 2016 for the 48th Annual
Florida Watermelon Convention being held at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
President Jim Barfield and is wife Linda are already preparing
to make this a wonderful and fun event. Ladies, it located in
the center of the International Mall! A lot of great shopping
stores and dining as well. For more information and to make
reservations please call Patty Swilley – Secretary at 239-658-
1442 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Kelli and I have been busy in the State of Florida these
past few months. Throughout the United States we have went
to state festivals, parade’s, pageants, Watermelon 5 K runs,
elementary schools along with pre-schools with Watermelon
Puppet Lola, Cares Dinner, Charlotte Stone Crab Game,
grocery stores, farm tours, Chad Chastain - Desoto Speedway and Ross Chastain – Infinity Nascar Races, Patrick Air
Force Base, Rehoboth Broadwalk, Rotary Crab Feast, Laurel
Auction Block, newspapers, radio stations and TV Stations
promoting watermelons. Kelli and I would like to thank everyone that helped out this summer with all of our promotions
from donating, cutting up watermelons, to sponsoring us, as
well as our past Florida Watermelon Queens Brandi Harrison
and Katelyn Kelly-Miller for chaperoning. Also thank you to
our runner-up Brie Edminister and past Florida Watermelon
Queen Meagan Morgan for representing us at the Cares Dinner held in Branford, Florida.
This summer we also teamed up with the NWPB to help
support Nascar Driver Ross Chastain at three of his five
Watermelon Nascar Infinity Races. A special thank you to his
family Ralph and Susan Chastain for all of your hospitality
during these watermelon races. Hopefully everyone watching got to see the #4 Watermelon Infinity Nascar Car. Nascar
Driver Ross Chastain will be racing the rest of the season in
all of the Infinity Races so please tune in and watch him this
year. We are all very proud of him this year.
In the next few months Queen Kelli and I will be traveling
to the Marine Marathon Corp Run in Washington D.C., New
York Produce Show with Dept. of Agriculture as well as
tailgate at some of our state football games, and some state
On December 1, please plan to attend the IFAS Suwanee
Valley Watermelon Institute Day with Robert Hochmuth
with University of Florida being held at the Straughn Center
in Gainesville from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with dinner to
follow where there will be discussing topics on watermelon
issues. Queen Kelli and I will be there as well.
Until next time, we hope everyone has a wonderful
Debra Harrison - Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
Always Eat Florida Fresh Watermelons!
Cell Phone: 863-633-8306
Home Phone: 863-494-1163
at their field
Thanks Murray Tillis and Bob Gibson for sponsoring us at
Chiefland Watermelon Festival.
In Canada at Longo’s for the Watermelon Eating Contest.
Queen Kelli and “Lola” educating the kids about the nutrients
Sponsoring Ross in Dover for Watermelon FTW!
Visiting with Dan and Carrie Thomas at Diamond 99 Sales.
Queen Kelli and #4 Infinity Nascar Driver Ross Chastain.
Thanks Ralph and Susan Chastain for all you do!
At the Charlotte Stone Crab Game throwing the first pitch
Love spending the weekend in Chiefland with Brandi and
Sherrie Harrison. Thank you for your hospitality.
Congratulations #36 Chad Chastain for winning the Desoto
Pro Truck Race at Desoto Speedway.
Queen Kelli showing the three basic steps on “How to pick out
Handed out ribbons at the Watermelon Kids Run in Orlando.
Enjoying spending time with Joseph Land at Raymon J Land
Watermelon Sales in Branford.
Congratulations to Hailey Bason for being selected as the 2015
Chiefland Watermelon Queen.
Queen Kelli enjoying the Beautiful site of Niagara Falls!