Greetings from Georgia!
We’re proud to report on a tremendous annual conference
back in St. Simons this year. We held our meeting at the
King & Prince Beach and Gold Resort where attendees
enjoyed a day at the shooting range, golf course and a
packed out convention!
More than 200 growers and watermelon agribusinesses
joined us this year and we raised $250,000 through the
live auction. A BIG THANKS to our load donors, buyers
and other auction supporters for this 2015 event. This association will thrive due to your support and passion for
the industry and we’re excited about the upcoming year.
Also, thanks for the support given by our CORPORATE
sponsors for the meeting; it would not be possible without your kind donations.
We were excited to have EIGHT top notch contestants for
our annual queen contest this year that competed thanks
to our contestant sponsors. THANK YOU Leger & Son
Inc., Borders Melons East, Pal King Pallets, Seminis Seed,
Gerrald’s Vidalia Sweet Onions, Jackson Farming Company, Atlantic Pallet Exchange and Harry & Cindy Vaughn
for your support of our contestants! Congratulations to
our 2nd runner up, Isabella Connor sponsored by Pal-King
Pallets and 1st runner up, Andi Dickerson sponsored by
Borders Melons East, and our Miss Jubilee Winner, Mary
Peyton Fowler sponsored by Jackson Farming Company.
Finally –congratulations to our 2015 Georgia Watermelon
Queen, Miss Carla Penney! Carla is from Vienna, Georgia,
and is currently attending the University of Georgia studying history. She was sponsored by Leger & Son, Inc.
Queen Carla has started her year on the run! Thanks to
our sponsor Melon 1, we attended the Southern Exposure
in Orlando and networked with retail buyers. Carla also
attended and was interviewed at the annual Cordele-Crisp County Fish Fry at the Railroad Depot and passed
out watermelon salsa at the annual Georgia Ag Day at
the Capitol. Later this spring, Carla will travel to North
Carolina for Watermelon Ambassador Training with the
National Watermelon Promotion Board, swing over to
Charleston, SC to hand out watermelon to the thousands
of runners at the Cooper River Bridge Run, and attend a
Feed My School event in Jackson County. Whew!
If you are interested in booking our new Georgia Watermelon Queen, please call ahead to schedule a date for our
2014 tour by contacting Samantha Tankersley Kilgore at
706-845-8575 or email@example.com.
In closing, GWA would like to congratulate Miss Jennifer
Eadie on an outstanding 2014 year and a great job representing our state and industry at the 101st National Watermelon
Convention held in beautiful Palm Springs, California. We
could NOT be more proud of you as an outstanding person
and solid representative of the industry.
Samantha Tankersley Kilgore
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 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.
These fans were a big hit at Ag Day!
Passing out yummy watermelon
salsa at Ag Day
Georgia Queen Carla, Florida Queen Kelly and National
Queen Emily at Southern Exposure.
Greeting Congressmen at Ag Day
Thank you Melon 1 for inviting us to Orlando
for Southern Exposure!
Excited to be at Southern Exposure!
Queen Carla interviewing at the
Cordele Fish Fry in Atlanta.
Queen Jennifer and 2015 Queen Carla alongside past Georgia
Queens at Convention!
Queen Jennifer and 2015 Queen Carla celebrating
with other state queens.
Our 8 great contestants at the
2015 GWA Convention in St. Simons