Greetings from Alabama,
The 2016 tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen
has been very productive this year. Queen Madison
has been busy visiting schools, local farmers and
farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and much more!
In July, Queen Madison teamed up with Kendra
Kennedy of Intergro and toured many local farmers
in and around Alabama. This was a great learning
opportunity for Queen Madison to see the farmers running full speed. She got to see firsthand how
watermelons are harvested, inspected, and packed for
Queen Madison got the opportunity to work with
Scott Davis with Military Produce Group on two in-store promotions. One at Maxwell Air Force Base in
Montgomery and one at Fort Rucker Army Base in
Ft. Rucker. Both stores had great displays and everyone wanted to take a watermelon home to enjoy.
WTVY Morning Show allowed Queen Madison a
three minute segment to cook breakfast a-go-go and a
watermelon salad. She was able to share with viewers
the health benefits and versatility of watermelon.
Nothing quit beats the heat like a Watermelon Day
at Landmark Park in Dothan, AL. Queen Madison
hosted the Watermelon Day, where park visitors got
to sample heirloom varieties of watermelon grown
on the park and got to test out there seed spitting
Lastly, the Farm Yall Festival in Cullman, AL rounded out a hot summer! This festival is a one day agricultural awareness and celebration festival attracting
thousands of visitors. This was a wonderful experience where Queen Madison got to participate in a
watermelon carving demo, a farm to table cooking
demo, watermelon seed spit contest and participate in
media interviews throughout the day.
While a great summer has come and gone, we are
looking forward to an amazing fall. We are headed to
Washington, D.C. for the United Fresh Washington
Conference; Orlando, Florida for PMA and then back
to D.C. 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
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.
These two girls were so excited to meet the watermelon queen
while grocery shopping.
Watermelon displays everywhere! Queen Madison at the
Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.
Thank you Scott Davis with Military Produce Group for set-
ting up an amazing display in the commissary at the Ft. Rucker
Lee, Amy, and Zane Fitch of River Road
Farms and Queen Madison.
Can you guess how much this massive watermelon weighed?
Getting all the details on what to look for in watermelon before
it goes to the store.
Todd Shelley walking the fields teaching Queen Madison all
A quick visit
with Chris at
Queen Madison handing out J Slice coloring books at Land-
mark Park Watermelon Day.
Kevin and Amanda Rentz welcomed Queen
A boat full of watermelons and watermelon samples is always
fun while shopping.
Queen Madison got to participate in a watermelon carving
demo at the Farm Y’all Festival.
These children were ready to cool off with watermelon!
Blake and Queen Madison just before serving up two water-
melon recipes on WTVY Morning Show.