2016 started off with a lot of exciting things happening with
the Florida Watermelon Association. First of all, The Florida
Watermelon Association held its 48th Annual Florida Watermelon Convention on Jan 15-17, at the Renaissance Tampa
International Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida.
After a weekend of competition, Saturday evening’s banquet
ended with the crowning of our 2016 Florida Watermelon
Queen Katy Mae Harrison, daughter of Billy Ray and Sherrie Harrison of Newberry, Florida. Katy Mae is an AWS
Certified Welder, Brazer and Operator. She likes to spend her
spare time painting, kayaking, welding, four-wheeling, and
enjoying the great outdoors. Most of all she loves laughing
and spending time with her family and friends. Katy Mae is
attending Santa Fe College in Gainesville where she is majoring in Business Administration. Our first runner-up went to
Hailey Bason of Chiefland, Florida and the second runner-up
is Felicity Mejeris of Old Town, Florida. Katy Mae Harrison
also received the “Miss Jubilee Award”. Another special
award that was given out for that evening was “The Ms. June
Smith Award” that went to Mrs. Laura Land. Also during our
convention Mr. Carr Hussey was elected as our First Vice-President and Mr. Mark Bryan was elected as our Second
Vice-President. Congratulations to everyone!!
Following that weekend, Queen Kelli and I were off to the
Georgia Watermelon Convention held at the King & Prince
Beach & Golf Resort in St Simons, Georgia. Thanks to Melon
1 for sponsoring us for this event. Congratulations to Miss
Andi Dickerson for being selected as the 2016 Georgia Watermelon Queen. Also congratulations to their new promotions
coordinator Dawn Cheplick. Looking forward to seeing both of
you this year.
Then in February, Queen Kelli and Brandi Harrison were
headed off to the Alabama Watermelon Convention at the Beau
Rivage Resort and Casino. Thanks to Clifton Seed Company,
International Paper, Debra Harrison, Billy Smith Watermelons, and Mack Farms for sponsoring them. Congratulations
to Miss Madison Laney for being crowned the 2016 Alabama
Watermelon Queen. A special thank you to Brandi Harrison for
filling in for me as chaperone for this event.
Then Queen Kelli and I were off to New Orleans, Louisiana
for the National Watermelon Convention held at the Hyatt
Regency. Congratulations to Miss Carla Penny for being
crowned the 2016 National Watermelon Queen. Thank you
to the National Watermelon Association for a weekend of
fun that was filled with special friends and memories. The
Florida Watermelon Association and I are proud of Kelli
for the job that she has done this past year. You have been
a wonderful and amazing spokesperson for our watermelon
If you would like information regarding our queen appearances, please contact me at (863) 633-8306 or debra@flfwa.
com. Also thank you to my board of directors for my beautiful watermelon necklace. I will always cherish it with lots of
memories from all of you. Thanks to all of you for supporting
our queen program that I dearly love.
Wishing everyone a successful watermelon season…. until
Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
Home: (863) 494-1163
Cellular: (863) 633-8306
Our new 2016 “FWA Officers” – Chandler Mack – Chairman
of Board, Mr. Mark Bryan – Second Vice-President, Mr. Carr
Hussey First Vice-President, Mrs. Laura Land – President
along with Patty Swilley – Secretary, 2016 FWQ Katy Mae
Harrison and Debra Harrison – Promotions Coordinator.
view in Biloxi,
Thank you to all
of the 2016
Sponsors”. Queen Kelli visiting with Ms. Mary Jones and Ms. Cheryl
Hicks in Georgia.
Our 2016 FWA judges
along with our newly
crowned 2016 Florida
Katy Mae Harrison. Thanks Paul and Jackie Sawyer for finding and sharing this
“beautiful picture scenery” at the Mardi Gras World.
Congratulations to Laura Land for receiving “The Ms. June
Madison Laney 2016
Congratulations to Hailey Bason – First Runner –Up, Florida
Watermelon Queen Katy Mae Harrison, Second Runner-up
Queen Kelli showing Executive Director Bob Morrissey her
hand-painted Mardi Gras mask that she made. An event that
Our dearest and beautiful “HAS BEEN” with
Queen Katy Mae.
Thank you Bob Gibson of Gibson Produce for the beautiful
Thanks to “Melon 1” for sponsoring Queen Kelli and I for
The Georgia Watermelon Convention.
Penny for being
crowned the 2016
for a life time.
2016 Georgia Watermelon Queen Miss Andi Dickerson.