Congratulations to Emily Brown, Illiana Queen, on being selected the 2015
National Watermelon Queen during our NWA annual convention! I am
looking forward to a fun and busy year! Congratulations also to Breanna
Williams, North Carolina Queen and being chosen First Runner-up, and to
Montana Savage on being Second Runner-up. Congratulations also to Shelby
Hurley on being selected Miss Jubilee.
Emily wishes to thank NWA and MultiCorr, for their cash scholarship
awards, and Brent and Debbie Jackson for the memorial scholarship award
in memory of their son Adam and to the anonymous donor for continuing the
Oren Childers memorial scholarship fund following the death of Oren’s wife
Sue. Thanks also to Nunhems Seed for the wonderful Dell tablet, Emily loves
it! To the individuals that purchased the great items at the auction for the new
Queen, Emily will put them all to good use this year. Thank you so much for
your generosity and support.
I could not be more proud of all the girls that competed, you did your State
Associations Proud! I would like to thank Brandi Harrison again for the fantastic job she did for NWA!
It was a very successful convention and auction. Kudos to President Don
Hiller and wife Mary and to NWA Executive Director Bob Morrissey, on
the accomplishment, the choice of location wasn’t too bad either! Everyone
enjoyed this beautiful, scenic resort. Queen Emily has already been very busy,
and her 2015 calendar is beginning to fill, please contact me if you are interested in having her for promotions.
Brandi’s Tour Continues
We still have much to cover from Brandi’s amazing year, with only quarterly
printing of the” Vineline” and limited space we fall far behind. We were sponsored to the Texas watermelon convention by Jimmy Henderson and Warren
Produce, thank you so much Brenda and Jimmy Henderson for your support!
It was so good to visit the great people of the Texas Association. Congratulations to Kristin Valdadez on being selected this years’ Texas Watermelon
Queen! We look forward to working with you.
We were soon off to Homestead, Florida for an exciting weekend of racing,
NASCAR style, featuring our own Ross Chastain. Ross pulled double duty
at the track on the final week of the season, as he drove in the truck race on
Friday and the Nationwide race on Saturday in grand style with fabulous
WATERMELON paint jobs on both! Brandi and Meagan worked hard keeping the pits supplied with refreshing watermelon! Thank you Susan Chastain.
Thanks to Melon 1 for sponsoring us to this fantastic weekend of racing.
We were soon off to the Florida Watermelon convention at the beautiful Sanibel Harbor Marriott! Thank You FWA for sponsoring Brandi back to her home
state! It was a great weekend seeing familiar watermelon family members.
President Jim Barfield had a awesome convention. Congratulations to Kelli
Wilder on being selected the Florida Watermelon Queen! We look forward to
working with you.
Our next stop was the Georgia Watermelon Convention at the beautiful King
and Prince in St Simons Island, Georgia. It was a great convention, excellent
attendance. Great to visit with Samantha and Jennifer, and catch up with old
friends. Congratulations to Carla Penny on being selected the 2015 Georgia
Watermelon Queen, we look forward to working with you! Special thanks to
GWA for sponsoring Brandi to the GWA convention.
Our next stop was Cambridge, Maryland for their annual Mar-Del convention.
It was wonderful to see old friends, and catch up. President Will Hales and
wife Candice had an excellent convention. It was also a treat to finally meet
the newest addition to the Hales family, their twins and Landry and Ledger!
They are just precious! We were so proud to be sponsored by Caitlin and Scott
Givens who will have a new addition to their family, a little girl come June.
Thank you Caitlin and Scott! It was great to see and visit with Shelby. Brandi
and I were honored to be a part of their 50 year celebration of the Mar-Del
Association. Congratulations to Courtney Hastings on being selected the 2015
Mar-Del Watermelon Queen! Emily and I look forward to working with you.
Thank you again Caitlin and Scott!
Thank you again Brandi Harrison!
Eleanor T. Bullock
NWA Promotion Coordinator
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.
And the winner is…Miss Emily Brown, of Vincennes, Indiana!
Emily Congratulates, Miss Shelby Hurley, Miss Jubilee
The Queen and her court, Emily, Breanna Williams First-
Runner-up and Montana Savage, Second Runner-up
Beautiful girls prior to Evening gown competition
11. Kendra Kennedy presents Emily with Memorial Scholar-
ship from an anonymous donor in memory of Oren Childers
A Happy and Supportive Illiana Watermelon Group!
Jessie Wiggins presents Emily with luggage purchased for her
by Wiggins Watermelons
Congratulations from Emily’s parents,
Bruce and Bonnie Brown
2015 Contestants and their Judges The Nunhems Group presents our new Queen with a Dell
New President Dennis Mouzin presents Brandi with the Queen
Award for a job well done!
The Traditional Crowning photo, all the former
National Queens in attendance at convention,
welcome to the sisterhood Emily!
Congratulations from Brandi as she crowns Emily
Congratulations to Emily from 2015 President Dennis Mouzin