There is nothing like fresh watermelon on a hot summer
day and Queen McKenzi with the help of 1st runner up ,
Queen Ashley, were determined to spread the sweetness.
Queen McKenzie celebrated America’s 240th birthday at
the 4th of July Celebration in Vincennes, Indiana. She was
honored to meet with veterans and thank them for their
services. She loved riding in the parade and watching
kid’s faces light up as she threw watermelon candy down
old fashion main street.
Both queens were busy at separate Kroger events. They
enjoyed passing out watermelon and educating the consumers on this favorite summertime fruit. Master Chef,
Joseph Poon, was a delight as always and the customers
marveled at his carvings, creativity and fun loving style!
Queen McKenzi attended the Race for Riley Kart Race.
She presented an IWA donation check to the Riley’s
Children Foundation. She also got to race against race
car driver, John Andretti, and lost only by the length of a
Marion and Gas City were the Queens next stops. The
red carpet treatment was a surprise to McKenzi as The
New Market Group announced her arrival followed by
applause. She had lots of fun with the New Market team
It is always a pleasure to see our Watermelon driver, Ross
Chastain, and serve watermelon at the Indianapolis Nas-car Exfinity Race. It was hot on and off the track and our
friends at Winfield were so kind to invite us to their suite.
Thank you for your hospitality!!
The busy schedule continued as Queen Mckenzi attended
the 11th annual Red Skelton Festival. Clowns and kids
alike enjoyed McKenzi’s playful side. The kids at Riley’s Children Hospital also loved spending time with the
Queen. She visited patients and their families with John
Andretti and handed out bags of goodies.
Summer never seems complete without a visit to the fair.
Two Dollar Tuesday at the Indianapolis State Fair was a
huge success again this year. Kroger and IWA handed
out over 6000 cups of watermelon. Guests were so appreciative to receive the refreshing treat.
The Knox County Watermelon Festival was McKenzi’s
next stop. She made lots of new friends and assisted in the
pageant. Free Watermelon was being served, seed spitting
contest and watermelon eating contest is always a big hit.
Queen Ashley stepped in and enjoyed a day with kids too.
She read and played games with kids of all ages at the Willard
Library in Evansville Indiana. Lots of fun was had by all.
It has been such a high energy summer for IWA. We are
thankful for a harvest, safety and hard working farmers.
IWA Promo Coordinator
$2.00 Tuesday at the Indianapolis State Fair
Queen McKenzi at
Carmel Indiana Clowning around
John Andretti and McKenzi visiting kids at Riley Hospital
Queen Ashley &
Chef Poon at Co-
The Gift of
and ready to
take on John