Proud partner with NWA for 8 years.
We had quite a mild winter, even experiencing days of spring-like
weather and Christmas Day was actually HOT! Now we are ready
for Spring and even more so, Summer! Since our last edition, we
have had quite an eventful winter.
Queen Courtney and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in
January with the Florida Watermelon Association at their annual
convention in Tampa, where we got to experience some southern
sunshine! We had a fabulous time and Courtney was excited to
welcome a new watermelon sister to the family, as well as spend
time with the other state queens, as there time together was ticking
away…Thank you to Kelli and Miss Debra for hosting such a wonderful convention!
The following week Courtney went to the Maryland Agriculture Din-
ner, where she tasted appetizers from all across Maryland and mingled
with guests, including Secretary of Agriculture, Joseph Bartenfelder,
who would join us at our convention just a few days later.
The next day, we kicked off our annual convention and this year
we celebrated with a “Watermelon Beach Party” theme. Queen
Courtney and I welcomed three wonderful queen contestants to the
Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD as well as state queens. Farmers
attended seminars on Friday afternoon and we enjoyed dinner at our
President’s Reception in the evening. We held our seed spit competition on Saturday morning and had a fantastic auction after lunch
- the largest ever! We appreciate everyone who purchased items
and or loads to help our association and everything that we do. At
our banquet in the evening we crowned our new queen. The 2016
Mar-Del Watermelon Queen is Miss Amy Wigglesworth. Amy is
the 21 year old daughter of Mike and Traci Wigglesworth of Salisbury, MD. She is currently attending Salisbury University, studying
Public Relations and Journalism Communications. We are excited
to welcome Amy into our watermelon family and we look forward
to a fantastic year ahead!
Former Mar-Del Queen, Terra Tatman and Courtney hit the sky for
Alabama’s Watermelon Convention in Biloxi the next weekend and
boy did they enjoy more southern weather and hospitality! Courtney
had the opportunity to spend this weekend with more state queens
and together they all welcomed a new Alabama queen. Thank you to
Katie and Lenze for having them join in your fabulous weekend of
Just enough time to pack and we were leaving again for Nationals in
New Orleans, LA! A quick flight down, although we dodged tor-nadoes that spread over the area when we arrived! While there, we
took a tour and learned of the history of New Orleans, as well as visited some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. We enjoyed
two fantastic nights out to dinner, one with the Melon1 family and
the other with International Paper. We cannot express how sincerely
grateful we are for your hospitality!
Finally, it was time to get down to business and Courtney represent-
ed our association phenomenoly and we are all very proud of her!
Courtney’s own peers voted her “Miss Jubilee”, which was well-deserved and we thank you all who were able to join us and to those of
you who have supported Courtney throughout her reign. Thank you
Courtney for all your hard work and dedication to the industry - you
have a sparkling future ahead of you! Thank you from the bottom of
our hearts to this year’s sponsors and donors. We could not do any of
this without your continued support.
We have a full spring ahead and we wish you all a successful season!
Mar-Del Watermelon Association
during the Seed Spit at
Courtney joins Kelli Wilder, FL Queen, Carla Penney, GA
Queen, and Lenze Morris, AL Queen at Florida’s Watermelon
Courtney in her
festival attire for
A future Watermelon Queen, Kenna Evans has her turn in the
Youth Seed Spit during the weekend.
Courtney on Bourbon
Courtney and our three contestants at our
Mar-Del Watermelon Convention.
Thank you to
James Buehler and
for your generosity
this year! We are so
The girls enjoyed some
down time outside for a
photoshoot. Will Hales accepts the Marketing Grant Award and highest
number of new members award that the Mar-Del Watermelon
Association recieved! We are so happy!
We had a celebrity in the
house - our friend, Ross
Chastain! Thank you so
much Ross! Courtney has done an amazing job for us this year, serving as
the Mar-Del Watermelon Queen!
Mar-Del Watermelon members who attended the National
Convention in New Orleans to show their support to Courtney!
Thank you all!
Thank you Mr. Bob Gibson and Gibson Produce for the
2016 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen, Miss Amy Wigglesworth.
Mark and Dawn
Collins for your
support throughout the year with
Thank you Mr.
Bob Gibson and
for the beautiful