Happy Fall from Georgia!
It’s hard to believe the summer is already coming to
a close! This queen tour has been a busy and amazing success and we’ve traveled far and wide promoting
sweet Georgia watermelon!
As June came to a close and we headed into July, your
Georgia Queen Carla Penney was non-stop in her promotions for our favorite year round treat! We hosted
seed spitting contests in Cordele during the Cordele
Watermelon Festival, then shot up to Toronto to visit
Longos stores and host the famous watermelon eating
contests! Thanks to the NWPB for making those one of
a kind trips possible!
For the 4th of July, Queen Carla took a turn on WXIA’s
Atlanta & Company news show where she demonstrated recipes and talked about the benefits of watermelon.
From there, she headed to the coast, where we helped
sell watermelons at Walmart in St. Simons. We also
served watermelon to more than 1000 runners at the
Sunshine Festival 5k in St.Simons, and hosted a seed
spit contest and handed out watermelon fans at a festival that evening in Brunswick.
Soon after, Queen Carla headed back north to Newfoundland for several days of in-store visits, radio and seed
spit contests with Ms. Judy Bennett at Coleman’s award
winning stores! The experience was unforgettable, and
she sent tons of people home with watermelons!
At the end of July, Queen Carla visited Indianapolis to
help support Ross Chastain at the speedway and get watermelon more face time with the media. We had a great
time there with Illiana Queen Lindsey Hampton and
Coordinator Lorrinda Ellerman. We had a blast! Queen
Carla and past Georgia and National Queen Whitney
Conner also joined several other state queens and 2015
National Queen Emily Brown for the annual Mar Del
Finally, at the end of August, Queen Carla and GWA
President Ricky Tucker visited the Paul Anderson Youth
Home (PAYH) in Vidalia, Georgia. The GWA Board
recently started a tradition of auctioning off at least one
load at the GWA Annual Meeting to donate to a charity of their choice. This year, the board committed to
purchasing a load themselves to donate specifically to
PAYH. This home is a place for troubled teen boys to
learn discipline and life skills all based on the Word of
God. It has a huge impact on young men and the GWA is
proud to donate more than $10,000 to its cause.
We’re looking forward to a great and active fall season
continuing to promote watermelon!
GA 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.
Home with GWA
Tucker and Board
Handing out watermelon at the Sunshine Festival 5k
Touring Melon 1 with Queen Carla
fans in stores!
Passing out Watermelon at the Boardwalk with the
Mar Del Team!
Lots of watermelons
Having fun with the other state queens at Froggy 99 on the
Mar Del Tour
Helping sell watermelons in Walmart
Toronto! At the Old Fashioned July 4th Festival in Brunswick GA
Visiting Tucker Farms in Enigma
Crab Feast in Annapolis!
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