In wrapping up Queen Emily’s year, I would like to again say thank you to 2015
National Queen, Emily Brown for the outstanding job she did representing NWA
this past year. Thank you Emily! We love you!
Her tour picks up last November. We attended the NASCAR Infinity Race in
Homestead sponsored by The National Watermelon Promotion Board. We were
there to cheer on our driver of the Watermelon car, Ross Chastain. Ross does a
fantastic job driving and promoting watermelon. Special thanks to NWPB for sponsoring us to the Homestead Race! Emily was sponsored back home to Vincennes
for their annual Christmas parade by Hoosier Fresh Farms, thank you Kelly and
Aaron! A little cold and fog didn’t ruin their parade. Thank you Kelly and Aaron
for your support of our program and Emily!
Our next stop was also back home in Indiana for Emily, for the annual Watermelon
Drop, sponsored by the Illiana Watermelon Association. I was delighted to be able to
attend this year. NWA President Dennis Mouzin and wife Cathy treated us to dinner,
where we were joined by Anita Field. It was cold, but a fun and exciting way to bring
in the New Year Watermelon style! We assisted Chef Joe in his tent as he carved and
worked his magic. Watermelon salsa for everyone! When the clock struck 12:00 midnight, the Watermelons dropped, much more exciting that the ball in Times Square!
Those Illiana melons brought quite a splatter! Special thanks to the Illiana Watermelon Association for your sponsorship and support of Emily this year.
Emily’s next stop was historic Charleston, South Carolina for the South Carolina
Watermelon Associations convention. Thank you to the South Carolina Association
for sponsoring. Emily enjoyed the opening reception and meeting members and
visiting with friends. Welcomed by President Scotty Sandifer. Congratulations to
Laura the 2016 South Carolina Queen, I’m sure a wonderful year awaits you! We
were sponsored to St Simons Island, Georgia, for their annual convention. We were
welcomed warmly to the beautiful setting of the King and Prince on St. Simons
Island. Thanks to the Georgia Watermelon Association for sponsoring us! We enjoyed the fun and fellowship of the watermelon family. We congratulate Andi Drue
Dickersonon on being selected the 2016 Georgia Watermelon Queen! Thank you
President, Ricky Tucker, and GWA for an enjoyable convention.
We were soon off the Cambridge, Maryland for the 51st Annual Mar-Del Convention. Special thanks to our sponsors Scot and Caitlin Givens for your generous
sponsorship. We were welcomed warmly by the members. Emily and I enjoyed the
opportunity to visit precious little Kendell Givens and also President Will Hales
and wife Candice Hales precious twins Miss Landry and handsome Ledger! Courtney Hastings did an awesome job representing the Mar-Del Watermelon Association this year! Courtney crowned Amy Wigglesworth the 2016 Mar-Del Queen!
Congratulations Amy! Thank you again Caitlin and Scot Givens for sponsoring.
Emily and I were soon off to beautiful Biloxi, Mississippi for the annual Alabama
Watermelon Convention. We were excited to be sponsored by the Alabama Watermelon Association. It was a fantastic convention, with AWA President Jeff Garrett,
and Bobbie Jo at the helm. The food, fun, entertainment and auction were great!
Queen Lenzey did an excellent job for Alabama. Lenze crowned Miss Madison
Laney the 2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen. Congratulations Madison, you are
sure to have a great year! Thanks again to the Alabama Watermelon Association.
National Watermelon Convention
The annual NWA convention gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for their 102nd
convention. We were welcomed by NWA President Dennis Mouzin and wife
Cathy. Executive director Bob Morrissey had an interesting and entertaining
program for attendees. The opening party at Mardi Gras World was a huge success.
You can safely say a good time was had by all!
I would like to congratulate all the contestants in the National Queen competition,
they did an amazing job! Not only at convention but during their year serving as
a state queen as well. We congratulate Miss Carla Penney of Vienna, Georgia on
being selected the 2016 National Watermelon Queen!
Carla is the 22 year old daughter of John and Carlene Penney. She is an American
History major with a minor in Communication Studies, attending the University of
Georgia. Carla wishes to thank all the donors of her scholarship monies, as well
as the memorial scholarship donations, and the items purchased at the auction.
Thanks to, Multicorr; Seminis; NWA; and the Brent and Debbie Jackson, Jackson
Farming, for the Adam Jackson Memorial Scholarship; and the anonymous donor
of the Oren Childers Memorial Scholarship fund. We certainly appreciate your
generosity. Thank you to the Wiggins Family for purchasing the luggage for Carla.
She’s already put it to good use! Carla thanks the Bayer Group for the great Cannon Camera. Carla hit the road running as the 2016 National Queen, five days after
crowning she was off to Indiana.
We congratulate Miss Lenze Morris on being selected second runner-up, and to
Miss Carmen Honneycutt on being selected first runner-up. The Miss Jubilee title
went to Miss Courtney Hastings! Congratulations to each of you! Each and every
girl did an amazing job!
Carla has already been very busy as the National Queen. She is doing a fantastic
job for you. If you are interested in sponsoring Carla to an event please contact me
so we can get you on the calendar.
Special thank you to all our sponsors, we value your support!
Eleanor Bullock / NWA Promotion Coordinator / firstname.lastname@example.org / or
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 competing 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.
Serving up watermelon in the garage area Thank you
Homestead NASCAR Xfinity Race, Susan and Chad Chastain
with Kelly and Emily The” Star of the Evening”
10. Thank you
Our favorite driver,
Brad and Angie Tony and family warming in the tent
Allyson and Ann with Emily in Charleston for the Presidents
Emily with Bob and Betsy Morrissey Chef Joe and Anita at the Watermelon Drop
Thanks to IWA for sponsoring us to the Watermelon Drop President Scotty Sandifer, Louise and Bradley O’Neal in
Thank you Hoosier Fresh Farms, Kelly, Aaron, and Katelyn! More of our great South Carolina friends