Greetings from Florida!
This year started off with our 47th Annual Florida Watermelon Association held at the beautiful Sanibel Harbour
Resort in Sanibel, Florida on Jan. 16-18. After an exciting
weekend of competition, Saturday evening’s banquet ended
with the crowning of our new Florida Queen Kelli Wilder.
She is the 21 year old daughter of Rich and LaRaye Rowe
of Arcadia, Florida. Kelli attends Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers where she is majoring in Communications. The first runner-up is Brie Edmister of Wesley Chapel,
Florida and the second runner-up is Meleah McMillen of
Fort Pierce, Florida. Meleah also received the “Miss Jubilee Award”. Queen Meagan and Queen Kelli would like to
thank everyone that bought or purchased items for them at
our watermelon auction. Also Congratulations to Patty Swilley for receiving the “2015 Outstanding Service Award”.
Congratulations to All!!!
The last weekend of January, Queen Meagan and I were off
to the Georgia Watermelon Convention held at the King and
Prince Beach & Golf Resort in St. Simons, Georgia. A special thank you to Melon 1 for sponsoring us for this event.
Also thank you to Harry Vaughn and Melon 1 for purchasing
the “Wizard of Oz” picture for Queen Meagan. She loves it.
Congratulations to Carla Penney for being selected as the
2015 Georgia Watermelon Queen.
Then Queen Meagan and I were off to the 50th Annual
Mar-Del Watermelon Convention held at the Hyatt Regency
Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Maryland. Thanks
again to Melon 1 for sponsoring us. Congratulations to
Courtney Hastings for being chosen as the 2015 Mar-Del
Queen Meagan and I were on the road again for our last
state watermelon convention together in my hometown
Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
for their 35th Annual Alabama Watermelon Convention.
Thanks to Arnold Mack with McMelon, Inc. & Billy Smith’s
Watermelons, Inc. for sponsoring us. Congratulations to
Miss Lenze Morris for being crowned as the 2015 Alabama
Then Meagan and I were off to LaQuinta, California for
the National Watermelon Convention held at the LaQuinta
Resort and Club. Congratulations to Emily Brown for being crowned the 2015 National Watermelon Queen. All the
state’s queen did a wonderful job representing their state
chapters. We are very proud of Queen Meagan with the job
that she has done for us this year as our spokesperson. I
would like to wish her good luck in this year on her future
endeavors. Queen Meagan and I would also like to thank everyone for all that you’ve done for us this year to make this
a wonderful and memorable year. Queen Meagan and I will
always cherish the wonderful place and memories we’ve
have had this year being together. We would also like to
thank her mom Peggy for sharing her with us this past year
and providing lots of support!
Wishing everyone a successful watermelon season…. until
Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
Home: (863) 494-1163
2015 FWA Judges
at the convention.
Queen Kelli being congratulated by our 2015 FWA Officers.
Our Dearest “Has Been’s” congratulate Queen Kelli Wilder.
Meagan, Brandi, Katelyn, Tara, Jenny, Heather & Bonnie.
Our 2015 FWA Contestant with Queen Meagan and Nascar
Xfinity Series Driver Ross Chastain, driver of JD and Motor-
the Mar-Del Queen
Enjoy a wonderful dinner at “Arnold Palmer Restaurant” with
President Jim Barfield and his wife Linda. Thank you!!
Mr. Billy Smith
A beautiful group of young ladies.
Enjoying the beautiful view of St. Simon Island.
Queen – Miss
Winners of our Seed Spitting Contest! “Congratulations!”
Queen Meagan &
2015 GWQ Carla
Congratulations to Brie Edmister– First Runner –Up, Florida
Watermelon Queen Kelli Wilder, Second Runner-up & Miss
“Jubilee – Meleah McMillen.
Queen Meagan congratulating Emily Brown as being crowned
the 2015 National Watermelon Queen!
Service Award” – Mrs.