10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.......Happy 2016! Illiana has had a
great start to the New Year - literally starting at the stroke of
midnight January 1st.
We rang in the New Year by celebrating the ‘Watermelon
Drop’ held in Vincennes, Indiana.
What is the Watermelon Drop you ask?
Spectators come from all around to celebrate as an 18-foot,
500 pound watermelon rises in the sky and drops sixteen
Knox County watermelons as the crowd counts from 10
This year was even more spectacular as an Air Show by
Team AeroDynamix displayed across the sky in celebration of Vincennes bicentennial year. Chef Poon entertained
kids and adults throughout the evening with his outstanding
watermelon carvings. Even though the temperature was rigid
on the outside, Queen Lindsey and Queen Emily warmed
our hearts from the inside out as they passed out party hats,
beaded necklaces and horns to all in attendance.
Later that month Queen Lindsey attended the Knox County
Chamber of Commerce Luncheon where she mingled with
various business men and women. She gave a speech wrapping up her 2015 year. We appreciate Farm Credit Mid
American for sponsoring this event.
IWA members came together to throw a send off party for
Queen Lindsey as she prepared for the National Convention
the following week. It was a very special day to spend remi-
niscing and showing appreciation from both sides.
Off to New Orleans we went. How great it was to be reunited with the other state queens. We started the convention with the unforgettable Mardi Gras party. The evening
started with a remarkable venue and equally outstanding hors
d’oeuvres. The evening just got better as all attendees were
able to get up close and personal with actual Mardi Grad
floats. The Queens shined as they threw party favors to the
crowd as they passed by the floats. Ms. Eleanor and Ms. Lori
were excellent hosts throughout the entire stay. Their hard
work and organization did not go unnoticed:) All the state
queens did a fabulous job and congratulations to Georgia
Queen, Carla Penney, on carrying on the National queen title.
Just a few days later Illiana continued to unite as the 2016
IWA convention began. A great time was had by all from
start to finish. We had 7 beautiful girls in the queen competi-
tion and they all did a wonderful job. Queen Lindsey passed
her title on to 2016 Queen McKenzi McClain.
Queen McKenzi started her tour just four days later as she
passed out watermelon at Ag day. A special thanks to John
Toth for sponsoring and providing watermelons for this
event. Ag day is a local event to celebrate and recognize the
abundance provided by agriculture.
Seems only fitting as lent season is in full swing to celebrate
the abundance that we all have. We are a blessed industry
Until next time.... sweet regards
IWA Promotions Coordinator
Vvrroomm, vvrroomm lets GO!!! Great job on the auction shirts Ms Eleanor
When in NOLA -
Thanks to Rich Novak
I WA board members
She’s got this
at NWA A night at Mardi Gras
Send off party
Passing on the crown!
Emily and Queen
Lindsey at the New
Year’s Eve watermelon drop
I WA queens