Congratulations NWA on the success of 100th Anniversary
Convention! It was fantastic!
Thanks to Bob Morrissey Executive Director and to NWA
President, John Corsaro on a wonderful convention! Record attendance and record auction, Thank You Arnold Mack, auction
chairman, and to all that donated and all that purchased!
Congratulations to our new NWA President, Don Hiller, Dennis Mouzin First Vice President, welcome Chandler Mack as
Second Vice President. We look forward to another great year.
Thanks to Amber Nolin, our 2013 National Watermelon Queen
for all her hard work and efforts.
Congratulations to Miss Brandi Harrison on being selected the
2014 National Watermelon Queen, Promotion Ambassador! We
are looking forward to a fantastic year! It started with a bang
right after convention! Brandi is so excited to be representing
Congratulations also to Miss Allyson Brake on being selected
First Runner-up and to Jordan Skipper for being chosen Second
Runner-up, and Brandi Harrison for being Miss Jubilee!
Congratulations to all the young ladies that competed this year,
they were an awesome group!
Each and everyone represented your State Association Royally!
Thank You! Thank You!
Brandi thanks all those that contributed to her scholarship fund;
NWA; Seminis; Multicorr; United & Jim Zaferis; and memorial
from Brent & Debbie Jackson in memory of their son Adam ;
Sue Childers in memory of her husband Oren. Thanks also for
those that donated and purchased items from the auction. We
We also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National Queen
Program this year in Savannah!
I want to thank NWA and all those that contributed to my amazing gift at Nationals, to say I was surprised and overwhelmed
is an understatement! I am so moved and appreciative by your
kindness and generosity, thank you from the bottom of my
heart! I am so blessed to be part of this incredible Association!
I was saddened by Bob’s news of the death of Mr. Gerald Funderburk. He was a long time supporter; he loved the industry
and its entire people. We will continue to miss him.
NWA Promotion Coordinator
Amber’s Tour Continues
Special thanks to the following for
your sponsorship of Amber’s Tour
Intergro; Florida Watermelon
Association; Georgia Watermelon
Association; Leger & Son; Rich
Novak; DMC Farms; Alabama
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 competing 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.
Great Job Girls!
On behalf of Seminis, Rusty Autry presents Brandi with
First Vice President Dennis Mouzin and Amber present Brandi
with her awards
Amber crowns Ms Mary Beth Welby in Savannah, pictured
with Amber and all the State Queens
On behalf of Multicorr Brad presents her with $1000.00
Brandi and her Judges all former
National Watermelon Queens!
Brent Jackson presents her with the Adam Jackson Memorial
Scholarship check for $500.00
Congratulations from NWA President Don Hiller
On behalf of Nunhems, Richard presents Brandi with a camera
Congratulations from NWA 2nd Vice President Chandler Mack
These beautiful girls show off their shirts from NWA
John Corsaro, NWA President presents her with the NWA
Congratulations Jordan Skipper, Second Runner-up
Brandi and the former National Queens attending,
minus Kim Tomlinson Holwell
Amber presents Miss Allyson Brake with the First Runner-up
award. Congratulations Allyson!
On behalf of Sue Childers, in memory of Oren Childers, Greg
Leger presents her with $500.00 Memorial Scholarship