Howdy from Texas!
I hope you all have had a wonderful summer. It’s
hard to believe we are starting another fall season
with all that it entails. Queen Kristin has been doing a wonderful job this summer with many in-store promotions for HEB. She has been a great
ambassador for the Texas industry with her friendly
personality and great smile. One of the events that
she was a part of in July was the HEB Produce
Expo in San Antonio where she visited with many
of the produce managers explaining what she does
during her promotions. Chef Joe Poon was also
there, and he once again showed off his carving
skills and entertained everyone with his friendly
banter. It was a treat to have him help with in-store
promotions the following two days. People were
very impressed with his talent, and as always, he
made the day extra special for Kristin and me. We
want to give a great big “Thank you” to Marcia
Adler and the NWPB staff who help set up these
promotions. We see the effect of these promotions
as many customers’ shopping carts have watermelons in them, and produce managers see greater
numbers of watermelons sold.
One of the most recent trips Queen Kristin took
was to the Plains Watermelon Festival this September. It was a great day of visiting with all the
wonderful people from Plains, Texas and the surrounding areas. During the day Kristin helped with
the Little Miss and Mr. Watermelon Pageant, and
then she enjoyed entertainment, a car show, and of
course, plenty of food and delicious watermelon.
Thank you to Macky and Connie McWhirter of
McWhirter Farms, Guy and Teretha Jones and Tony
and Cheryl Anderson of Texas Melon Exchange for
sponsoring the trip. Your kindness and hospitality
were sincerely appreciated.
In the coming months, Kristin is looking forward
to the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
where she will get to spend time with the other
state queens while helping at the marathon. After
that we will be having our 50th Texas Watermelon
Association convention on November 12th-14th in
McAllen, Texas. We hope to see many of you there.
Please contact me if you do not receive a registration form and would like one.
I sincerely hope the coming months are happy,
healthy, and prosperous for all of our watermelon
Barbara Duda TWA Coordinator
Queen Kristin enjoyed seeing Chef Poon at the HEB Expo
Saying hello to a watermelon lover
Marcia Adler, Hugh Topper, and others enjoyed
watching Chef Poon.
Kristin and the M&P
watermelon truck at a
Enjoying the company of some other beauties
At the car show- one of the many cool cars
Some of the young beauties
Two of the lovely girls in the pageant, Mariah and Ava Everage
and a couple
of the produce
this summer Teretha Jones, Macky Mc Whirter, Kristin, and Connie Mc-
Whirter enjoyed the Plains Festival.
Chef Poon has Brian Boutin from HEB help with a
Kristin received a very nice “Thank you” from
the Mc Whirters.
Paul Bowling, Kristin, and Nowell Borders get to know each
other at the expo.
Little Miss Watermelon
Kristin had fun helping with the pageant