We’re proud to report on a tremendous annual
conference back in St. Simons this year. We held
our meeting at the King & Prince Beach and Golf
Resort where attendees spent their time relaxing,
golfing, shopping and enjoying all the conference
activities throughout the weekend!
The GWA Annual Convention had a great atten-
dance this year with 250 growers and watermelon
agribusinesses who joined us for the weekend.
The live auction was a great success raising over
$245,000. A BIG THANKS to our load donors,
buyers and other auction supporters for this 2017
event. This association will thrive due to your
support and passion for the industry and we’re
excited about the upcoming year. Also, thanks
for the support given by our CORPORATE sponsors for the meeting; it would not be possible
without your generous donations.
For our annual queen contest this year we were
excited to have some very lovely, talented and
well-spoken ladies all vying for the position of
the 2017 GWA Ambassador. THANK YOU Atlantic Pallet Exchange, Borders Melons East and
International Paper for your support of the contestants! Congratulations to our 2nd runner up,
Leila Collins sponsored by Borders Melons East
and 1st runner up, Savannah Hartley sponsored
by International Paper, and our Miss Jubilee Winner, Anna Beth Potter. Finally –congratulations
to our 2017 Georgia Watermelon Queen, Miss
Anna Beth Potter! Anna Beth is from Woodstock,
Georgia and will be graduating from Lee University in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. Anna Beth was
sponsored by Atlantic Pallet Exchange.
Queen Anna Beth will begin her year very soon
with ‘Feed My School’ visits, retail promotions,
Queen Training with the NWPB, Cooper River
Bridge Run in Charleston, SC and many other
events throughout the spring.
If you are interested in booking our new Georgia
Watermelon Queen, please call ahead to schedule a date for our 2017 tour by contacting Dawn
Cheplick at 706-845-8575 or
Looking forward to seeing you all this summer!
Dawn Cheplick, Promotions Coordinator
What excitement! Queen Anna Beth with Team Melon 1
Queen Anna Beth with the team of Judges – Aries Haygood,
Susan Colucci, Jordan Carter, Bob Gibson and Rachel Adams
Queen Anna Beth and outgoing President Ricky Tucker Outgoing queen Andi Dickerson crowns Anna Beth as the 2017
Who me? Thank you to Milan Dubravcic and Atlantic Pallet Exchange for
sponsoring Queen Anna Beth at the 2017 GWA Conference.
Proud partner with NWA for 8 years.