Proud partner with NWA for 8 years.
We had quite a mild winter, even experiencing days of spring-like
weather! Now we are ready for Spring and even more so, Summer! Since
our last edition, we have had quite an eventful winter.
Queen Amy and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in January
with the Florida Watermelon Association at their annual convention in
Sanibel Island, where we got to experience some southern sunshine! We
had a fabulous time and Amy 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 Katey Mae and Miss
Debra for hosting such a wonderful convention!
The following week Amy went to the Maryland Agriculture Dinner,
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 “Casino” theme. Queen Amy 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! 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 2017 Mar-Del Watermelon
Queen is Miss Connor Vincent. Connor is the 20 year old daughter of
Clayton and Cheryl Vincent of Laurel, DE. She is currently attending
North Carolina State University Agricultural Institute, studying Agribusiness Management. We are excited to welcome Connor into our watermelon family and we look forward to a fantastic year ahead!
Former Mar-Del Queen, Allison Castellana and Amy hit the sky for
Alabama’s Watermelon Convention in Biloxi the next weekend and boy
did they enjoy more southern weather and hospitality! Amy 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 Madison for
having them join in your fabulous weekend of festivities!
Just enough time to pack and we were leaving again for Nationals in
Lake Tahoe, NV! A day long trip, followed by the news that two of the
four routes to get from the airport to The Lake were closed – one resulting from an avalanche and the other from boulders!! We decided to take
a shuttle and we arrived safe and sound! While there, we snowmobiled in
the mountains and had the time of our LIVES! It was certainly cold, wet,
and snowy, but we enjoyed the magnificent views from windows throughout the hotel. 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 Amy represented our
association exceptionally well in all competition elements. Thank you to
all who were able to join us in Lake Tahoe and to those of you who have
supported Amy throughout her reign. Thank you Amy for all your hard
work and dedication to the industry!
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.
While this is a bittersweet ending to my coordinator role with the
Mar-Del Watermelon Association, I have decided to spend more time
with my family and little girl, who is just growing too fast and this
Mommy doesn’t want to miss any more time away from her!
It is my pleasure to announce, Mrs. Terra Tatman Eby, a past Mar-Del
Queen, will be taking this job and will be fabulous at it! They have a full
spring ahead and we wish you all a successful season!
Amy has done an amazing job promoting our product this year,
serving as the Mar-Del Watermelon Queen!
Our three contestants in this year’s Mar-Del competition. The Queens bare the cold temperatures for a memorable
Past Queen, Amanda
Brown Clougherty and
daughter decked out in
watermelon attire for our
Mar-Del Convention. Amy takes the title for Seed Spit Queen!
Our President, Kevin Evans, and his wife, Katey,
with Amy at the MD AG Dinner.
Amy and Madison
Madison and Amy tak-
ing in the beautiful bliss
in Sanibel Island at the
Amy enjoying some
sunshine and palm
trees in Mississippi!
Enjoying Alabama’s Watermelon Convention with Katey Mae
Harrison, Carla Penney, and newly crowned SC Queen,
Our Past Mar-Del Watermelon Queens give a BIG welcome to our
newly crowned Queen!
The girls in their promotional wear…
ready to start the weekend off!
Geared up and ready to hit the mountains with our
An enormous “Thank You” to all of these ladies, as well as some
missing for all that you do for these Queens. I have enjoyed spend-
ing every minute with you, while away from my own family!
Amy joins Savannah Christensen the new Fl Queen, Katy
Mae, Fl Queen and Madison Laney, Al Queen at the Florida
Mar-Del Watermelon members who attended the National Convention in Lake Tahoe to show their support to Amy! Thank you all!