Queen Chelsey was busy in the months of January & February with the Sponsorship banquet for the Delaware International Speedway, Delaware Ag Dinner,
Florida & Alabama Convention, our own convention and then the National
We would like to thank all the businesses, individuals that donated or bought
items at our annual auction. We had one of the highest auctions ever that will
help us promote our Mar-Del Watermelons and fund university research proj-
ects. Our convention was one of the most attended in recent history. Part of the
attendance at Saturday night’s banquet was being blessed with 21 former Mar-
Del Queens to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mar-Del Queen Program.
We were so happy to have them back with their watermelon family. We would
like to congratulate Robinson Farms – Willis and Carole Robinson from Sharp-
town, Maryland on receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for their
This was the 40th Anniversary of the Mar-Del Queen and we
were blessed to have 21 former Mar-Del Queens with us
at the Banquet
Queen Chelsey chatting with the group from Vincent Farms
Queen Chelsey with Board member Mark Collins a dinner
Congratulations to Kayla Harvey of Hurlock, MD. for
receiving the Maryland Scholarship money from Mar-Del
Queen Chelsey thanking the Multicorr group for a wonderful
dinner and all their support.
With a quick break from the National agenda we met up with
part of the Mar-Del group on the River Walk.
Queen Chelsey thanking Melon 1 for the beautiful necklace
purchased for her Nationals
Long time Board member Bill Toadvine surprised us all with a
visit to Nationals.
Queen Chelsey thanking Mark Collins, Jay Rider & Bob Gib-
son for the beautiful ring purchased for her at Nationals
Congratulations to Jonah Vincent of Laurel, De. for receiving
the Delaware Scholarship money from Mar-Del
Pictured here with Queen Chelsey and AL Queen Jordan are
Ellen Magee and Brandy. Thank you for your support!
The new Promotions Coordinator Caitlin Givens with her new
Queen Shelby Hurley
In a word
Congratulations to Shelby Hurley of Mardela Springs, MD the
new 2014 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen. Pictured here w/ 1st
runner up Savannah Chamberlain, 2013 Queen Chelsey and
2nd runner up Taylor Hatfield
Chelsey greeting DE. Sec. of Ag Ed Kee, DE. Governor Jack
Markell and Bob Outten at the Delaware Ag Dinner
A big congratulations goes to Willis and Carole Robinson for
receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award
Our lovely contestants with Queen Chelsey before the
President’s Reception Tailgating Party
At the AL
two great friends
up and having a
Big hugs and a thank you to Craig Mathis and Harry Vaughn
for the beautiful earrings purchased for Chelsey the Florida
A big thank
you to the
for all his
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for our bike
years of dedication to the watermelon industry and our association. Congratulations go out to
Jonah Vincent of Laurel, De.
And Kayla Harvey of Hurlock,
MD on receiving the $1,000
scholarships from the MAR-DEL Association. We want to
thank Outgoing President &
Convention Chairperson Jay
Rider for all is time, love, dedication and hard work in the past
years. Jay has decided to step
down as Convention Chairperson he will be sincerely missed
and we welcome Chris Magee
to the new position. Mr. Will
Hales was elected to President
with his Vice President Kevin
Evans. We welcome both and
look forward to working with
them. As many of you know I
have retired from the Association after 20 years of service. I
can’t thank this Assoc. or the
extended watermelon family
for all the love and support that
I have received over the past
20 years. We welcome Caitlin
Givens to our family as our
new Promotions Coordinator.
Caitlin comes to us with the
passion, knowledge and love
for the watermelon industry.
Welcome Caitlin!!! A huge
welcome also goes to Shelby
Hurley of Mardela Springs, MD
as she was crowned the 2014
MAR-DEL Watermelon Queen.
Shelby welcome to our watermelon family- you are in for an
Nationals was an amazing week.
We want to thank everyone that
traveled to Savannah to support
Chelsey and our Association.
Chelsey did an amazing job and
we were so proud of how she
represented our Association.
Chelsey represented us with
grace, class and style as she did
throughout her reign as Queen.
We are so proud of you – thank
you for being an awesome
young lady and we wish you
much success in the future - the
dear Lord has another and bigger plan for you!!!!
Thanks again for all your support and we wish you much
success in your growing season!
Outgoing Promotions Coordinator