Greetings from the Midwest, where you really
don’t know how to dress from day to day.
Queen McKenzi finished up 2016 in the bitter
cold but continued to warm all of our hearts.
In December she braved the cold in the ‘Parade
of Lights’ and celebrated the ending of 2016
and beginning of 2017 at the New Year’s Eve
Watermelon Drop. Queen McKenzi was happy
to leave the cold weather behind for a weekend
while she traveled to St. Simon Island for the
Georgia Watermelon Convention. Their southern hospitality always makes our stay extra
Queen McKenzi had mixed emtions at her ‘send
off’ party. She was sad her reign was coming
close to an end but excited to go to the National
Watermelon Convention. The IWA members
showed their appreciation for McKenzi’s hard
work with food, gifts and kind words.
There may have been a winter storm but it only
made Lake Tahoe that much more beautiful.
Queen McKenzi loved spending on last time
with the other state Queens. They all did a
fabulous job throughout the competition. Our
congratulations go out to the 2017 National
Watermelon Queen, Madison Laney.
The Illiana Watermelon Convention was 12
days later. It was held again at the French Lick
Resort and Casino in French Lick Indiana. The
IWA raised over 26,000.00 for Riley Children’s
Hospital. 2016 Queen McKenzi crowned 2017
IWA Queen Kaitlyn Ellermann, 1st runner up,
Sierra Tamosaitis and Miss Jubillee, Amber Everett. The IWA welcomed Kaitlyn with lots of
hugs and pictures. Queen Kaitlyn said it was
an honor being crowned and she was ready to
get started promoting watermelons.
As always, we are so thankful for our sponsors.
Their generosity is overwhelming and much
Best wishes for a safe and blessed planting
IWA Promotion Coordinator
IWA Bubba, Landon, Queen Katie, Jill and Brandi
Officers Rick Linenburg, Rich Novak, Kelly Tyner
with Queen Katie
Beautiful Lake Tahoe Aaron and Kelly Tyner with Queen Katie
William Coffman with Nowaskie farms with Queen Katie
Georgia Watermelon Convention
New Year’s Eve Watermelon Drop
Parade of Lights IWA Convention crowning 2017 Queen, Kaitlyn Ellermann
Jim and Carie Smith with Queen Katie
IWA Miss Eleanor, Queen Kaitlyn, Miss Anita
McKenzi in her