Greetings from the Alabama Association!
The Alabama Watermelon Association Convention
was held in February at the Beau Rivage Resort in
Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s convention was
a huge success and could not have been possible
without our convention sponsors: Jeff Garrett -
Clifton Seed Company, Dave Genecco - Genecco
Produce, Jim Mastropietro - International Paper,
Neal Kicklighter - LTF Greenhouses, Arnold Mack -
McMelon, Inc., Jane Jennings – Multicorr, National
Watermelon Association, Paul Hoover - Nunhems
USA, Inc., Sawyer Smith - The Wilbur Smith Law
Firm, Borders Melons, Josh Bailey - Premier Melon
Company, Inc., Cheryl Hicks – RockTenn, Sakata
Seed, Rick Sullivan - William Manis Produce Marketing, Inc., Milan Dubravcic - Atlantic Pallet Exchange, Billy Smith - Billy Smith’s Watermelons,
Inc., Matt Duerr – CHEP, Mike Thomas - Freight
Movers, LLC, Walt Shappley - Highland Fresh
Technologies, Kendra Kennedy – Intergro, Luke Re-instetle - Morgan Wood Products, Michael Everson
– Seedway, Darren Deal - Siegers Seed Company,
Brian Arrigo - Southern Corporate Packers, Woody
Speir – Syngenta, Tom Daughtrey - Valdosta Plant
This year we had eight wonderful young ladies compete for position of the 2014 Alabama Watermelon
Queen. Congratulations to the 2014 Queen Montana
Savage from Enterprise, 1st runner-up Brook Searcy
from Dothan and 2nd runner-up Kristy SantaCruz
from Bay Minette. Thank you to our Queen Contestant Sponsors: Billy Smith-Billy Smith’s Watermelons, Inc., Jeff Garrett - Clifton Seed Company, Arnold Mack-McMelon, Harry Vaughn-Gulf Seed, Jim
Mastropietro-International Paper, Tom Daughtrey -
Valdosta Plant Company, Inc., Mary Jones-Sun State
Produce, and Joe Watson-Rouses Supermarkets.
Queen Montana and I are both very excited to get
started this year. We will be attending the National
Watermelon Promotion Board training in Orlando,
FL. Following the training we will start the 2014
Queen Tour visiting elementary schools all across
Alabama, attending watermelon festivals and farmers markets, complete farm tours in Alabama and
Florida, and many other exiting promotions.
Last but not least, the Alabama Watermelon Association would like to congratulate our 2013 Queen Jordan Skipper on being selected 2nd runner up at the
National Watermelon Queen Competition. 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! In addition,
thank you to all that have helped make her year so
See you all soon,
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.
GA Queen Carol Anne, AL Queen Jordan, and MD Queen
Chelsey at the Georgia Convention Auction.
Congratulating the 2014 GA Queen Jennifer Eadie.
Queen Jordan had
a great time
in St. Simons.
2013 Queen Jordan, 1st runner up Brooke Searcy, 2014 AL
Queen Montana Savage, 2nd runner up Kristy Santa Cruz, and
Miss Jubilee Courtney New. Congratulations Ladies.
FL Queen Brandi, Queen Jordan, and MD Queen Chelsey with
the AL President Jay Jones.
Josh Moore, Jeff Garrett, and Jay Jones welcoming 2014
Queen Montana Savage.
Mr. Paul Hoover and Mr. Jay Jones at the NWA Convention.
Queen Jordan and Mr. Billy Smith at the NWA Convention.
2014 FL Queen.
1st runner up Allison Brake, 2014 National Watermelon Queen
Brandi Harrison, 2nd runner up Jordan Skipper.
Jordan and Mr.
before the Florida
with Mrs. Mary
Jones at the GA