The SC Association would like to thank Miss Laura Sch-urlknight, 2016 SC Watermelon Queen, for the job that she
did this past year as the state queen. We wish Laura all of
the best with her future endeavors.
We would also like to welcome into our family, Miss
Blakely Johnson, 2017 SC Watermelon Queen. Blakely
is the 19 year old daughter of Dean and Brent Johnson of
Denmark, SC, and currently attends Clemson University
where she is majoring in Agricultural Education. She
plans to graduate with honors and begin using her passion
for agriculture in teaching our youth about the industry.
When asked why she would make the best spokesperson
for our industry, Blakely replied, “I have one word and
that is “Passion”, passion for the industry and the people
in it”. For many years, Blakely has been involved in
the industry in numerous ways. She comes from a family deeply enriched in farming and agriculture and she
has also worked with the Clemson Extension Program in
Blackville, SC, under Dr. Gilbert Miller. This experience
has helped Blakely tremendously in learning and comprehending the importance of the SC Watermelon Association.
Blakely considers her new position as the 2017 South Carolina Watermelon Queen as an amazing opportunity, not
only to show her passion for the industry, but to show her
hard work, knowledge, and dedication along with her need
to help educate our consumers on the value of watermelon.
Our first trip of the year was to the Georgia Watermelon
Association Convention in St. Simons Island, GA. Blakely was able to meet some of the 2016 queens and also
watch her sister queen, Anna Beth Potter, be crowned the
2017 Georgia Watermelon Queen.
Biloxi, Mississippi was next on our travel schedule with
the Alabama Convention. Many thanks to the Alabama
Association, Katie Eubanks and Madison Laney, 2016
Alabama Queen and 2017 National Queen. Congratulations to the new 2017 Alabama Queen, Paige Severino.
We look forward to working with you all throughout the
Our upcoming events include the North Carolina Watermelon Convention in Wrightsville Beach, NC on March
17-19, and the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston,
SC on March 30-April 1. The Cooper River Bridge Run
will host over 40,000 runners for this event in downtown
Charleston and we would like to invite everyone to attend
if your schedule allows.
April events will include Queen Training in Atlanta, Georgia on April 14th and The Taste of South Carolina at the
SC State House in Columbia on April 18th.
We also have a record number of schools requesting our
services at field days throughout the month of May and
beginning of June. The “Watermelon Fuels Athletes” program in SC has really been accepted well with our elementary, middle, high school and colleges throughout the state.
Wishing everyone a prosperous season and blessings to all.
SC Promotions Coordinator
What a wonderful year
you have ahead Blakely.
Welcome to the family!
Watermelon Queens in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
You just can’t keep the
girl out of the field.
SC Board Members welcoming the newcomer.
New sister queen
Dr. Gilbert Miller congratulating the new queen. Kendra Kennedy and Blakely enjoying the Alabama auction.
Blakely with her father, Dean Johnson, and sponsors from
Sandifer Farms, Scotty Sandifor and Denver Sandifer.
2017 SC Watermelon Queen, Blakely Johnson. Welcoming the 2017 Georgia Watermelon Queen,
Anna Beth Potter. .
A beautiful queen
and a beautiful view
Blakely enjoying her new title and the beautiful weather in St.
Nevada. State Queens preparing for the new crowning in Georgia.