Greetings from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association!
Queen Courtney and I have been going, going, going all summer long and surprisingly our fall schedule is quite busy too!
Since last time, we have done many of the same promotions we
do from year to year, but we have also had a lot of new events
that have had interest in hosting Courtney.
The Delaware State Fair is always a great time and Courtney
showed the fairgoers how to make Fire and Ice Watermelon
Salsa, a Watermelon Salad, a watermelon parfait, and Fresca
Aqua. There was no time to waste and Queen Courtney attended a Buy Local Cookout at the Maryland Governor’s
home, where she met many local famers from Maryland who
had donated their fresh produce to be used in delicious dishes.
Queen Courtney’s next visit was Wright’s Watermelon Festival,
where board members, Charles and Michelle Wright of Wright’s
Market, hosted their annual event with a Watermelon Princess
pageant that Courtney was the emcee for and many other watermelon activities.
Our next week was one of our favorites – the National Queen Tour
of Maryland and Delaware! We were elated that so many queens
were able to join us! We had the National Queen Emily, Georgia
Queen Carla, Florida Queen Kelli, and North Carolina Queen Carmen. Our week began with a trip to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, where the girls handed out slices of watermelon to those
visiting the beach. We had a grocery store promotion at the Giant
in Rehoboth Beach, DE and the girls judged a watermelon carving
contest. The next day, the Queens were taken to the Laurel Auction Block, where they saw how all of our area’s watermelons were
sold years ago. Farmers, brokers, and locals joined us for the warm
morning as watermelons, donated by local farmers, were auctioned
off. A big thank you to those famers who donated watermelons!
The girls had interviews with a local radio station, Froggy 99.9 and
our local news station, WMDT, where they promoted our awesome
product. For the end of the week, we took the queens to Annapolis, MD for a Rotary Crab Feast at the Naval Academy Football
Stadium, where slices of watermelons were handed out to over
5,000 people! To wind down the week, the Queens had a grocery
store promotion at Whole Foods in Annapolis and then it was “On
the Road Again” for National Queen Emily, North Carolina Queen
Carmen, and Courtney to Richmond, VA for the Carytown Watermelon Festival. What an awesome, fun-filled week we enjoyed
with great company! Thank you queens and coordinators for all
your hard work that allowed us to pull this week off!
Another one of our favorite promotions this year was the promotion at Camden Yards, where our association, along with
Courtney sliced and served watermelons to over 40,000 fans in
a sold out stadium for a Sunday afternoon game. We would like
to thank all those who helped us, including, Will and Candace
Hales, Kim and Travis Hastings, Kevin Evans, Bob Gibson,
Doug Corey, Terra and Kaila Tatman, and Scot Givens.
Well friends, there is so much more to share from our spectacular
summer, but you will have to wait and hear about it all in our next
edition of the Vineline! We would like to thank Dawn Collins,
Amanda Clougherty, and Terra Tatman for helping us out throughout the summer. In addition, we cannot forget Melon1 and John
Lapide for donating watermelons for our summer promotions.
Until next time, we are sending you our warmest
Queens stop by for a visit at Gibson’s Produce office during
their tour. Thank you Mr. Bob Gibson for all your help
The Old Mill Crabhouse was surely an experience for these
girls as they picked blue crabs.
The queens joined Melon1 for a luncheon after the auction.
Thank you Melon1 for all you do!
State queens accompanied by the Oesterle and Evans families
at the Giant promotion.
”Home of the Orioles” and boy did we have fun promoting
watermelons to tons of birdland fans!
Thank you board member, Josh Rowe for your help at the
Carytown Watermelon Festival.
off her watermelon
parfait at the DE
Queen Courtney is
always all smiles and
everything we do in
The historic Laurel Auction Block welcomes the watermelon
queens for another year!
Thank you to all of our volunteers and board members!
Thank you to all those who bought watermelons
during the auction.
These queens worked hard all day for the Rotary Crab Feast at
the Naval Academy Stadium.
Thank you to the Wright family for having us take part in day
full of watermelon fun!
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to the Evans
hosting us for
your Watermelon Day!
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