This year has already started with a busy January
and February. Queen Madison and I had wonderful
time at the Georgia, Florida, and MarDel Watermelon
Conventions. Each convention was amazing and it
was great getting to see our watermelon family from
all over. Nothing can compare to the fresh snow and
beautiful landscape at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe for the
National Watermelon Convention.
The Alabama Watermelon Association rolled out the
red carpet for our convention in February at the Beau
Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s convention was a huge success and could not have been
possible without our convention sponsors: Clifton
Seed Company, Coast to Coast Produce, Continental
Produce, Genecco Produce, International Paper, LFT
Greenhouses, Multicorr, Nunhems, Syngenta, Borders
Melons, Browning & Sons, Concept Packaging Group,
Freight Movers, LLC, Matrana’s Produce, National
Watermelon Association, National Watermelon Promotion Board, Rouses Supermarkets, Billy Smith’s Watermelon, CHEP USA, Hardi Sprayers, H.M. Clause,
Intergro, Jeff Martin Auctioneers, Morgan Wood Products, Siegers Seed Company, and Valdosta Plant Company. Your support is greatly appreciated!
This year we had three wonderful young ladies competed for the position of the 2017 Alabama Watermelon Queen. Congratulations to the 2017 Queen Paige
Severino from Enterprise, the 1st runner-up Emily
Carroll and 2nd runner-up Abbey Closson .
Queen Paige and I are both very excited to get started
this year. We will be attending the Cooper River
Bridge Run in South Carolina in March and then the
National Watermelon Promotion Board training in
Atlanta, GA in April. Following the training we will
start the 2017 Queen Tour handing out watermelon at
races, visiting elementary schools all across Alabama,
attending watermelon festivals and farmers’ markets,
completing farm tours in Georgia, Alabama, and
Florida and many other exiting promotions.
Last but not least, the Alabama Watermelon Association would like to congratulate our 2016 Queen
Madison Laney on being selected as the National
Watermelon Queen. A special thank you, for all your
hard work and dedication over the past year. You have
represented the Alabama Association with a kindness,
vivaciousness, and elegance! In addition, thank you to
all that have helped make her year so special!
See you all soon,
Queen Madison and
Mr. Darren Deal at
2016 Watermelon Queens having a little fun in snow
by Lake Tahoe.
A group of the Alabama Watermelon Association members visiting together at the Florida Watermelon Convention in Ft. Myers.
Madison and 1st
runner up from
and 2nd runner
up from Florida
Katy Mae Harrison. You all did
Hicks and Queen
Ben and Nate
the auction in
Congratulations to the
enjoying a few
at the Georgia
Bennett and Queen
Madison at the
Congratulations to 2017 Alabama Watermelon Queen Paige
Severino, 1st runner-up Emily Carrol, and 2nd runner-up
The AWA is so proud of the hard work and dedication Queen
Madison has put in to be selected as the 2017 National
Congratulations Anna Beth Potter on being selected the 2017
Can you guess the movie or actress each of these
ladies is dressed up as?
Proud partner with NWA for 8 years.