Greetings from Alabama,
Watermelon season is here and Queen Montana
has been busy learning about the industry and
spreading the watermelon message. The 2014
Queen Tour started with the annual National
Watermelon Promotion Board Queen Training in
Orlando, FL. Queen Montana and our 1st runner up Brooke left training prepared and ready to
start their promotions.
With watermelon season in full swing comes watermelon festivals. Queen Montana attended the
Chiefland Watermelon Festival where she rode
in the parade and welcomed the newly crowned
festival queens. While in Florida we were able
to visit a few special people and see them in action this season. Thank you for taking the time
to visit with us: Mr. Billy and Mrs. Corliss Smith
with Billy Smith Watermelons, Mr. Rantz Smith
with Smith Farms, and Mr. Josh Moore with
Queen Montana was invited to speak at the annual Alabama Ag in the Classroom convention
about how to use watermelon in the classroom
to more than 100 teachers. Alabama Ag in the
Classroom provides teachers with the tools
needed to educate students on the importance of
agriculture and how it affects their daily lives.
Queen Montana shared a power point on the
health benefits and versatility of watermelon,
instructions on selecting and cutting watermelon,
and samples of watermelon. The teachers loved
In June, Queen Montana had the opportunity
to visit Ft. Rucker Commissary during their
Farmer’s Market Event and Ft. Benning Commissary with the Georgia Queen Jennifer Eadie.
We would like to thank Mr. Scott Davis with
Military Produce Group for inviting us to these
We have covered a lot of ground already and
have much more to cover. The next few months
will be filled with farm tours, grocery store
promotions, watermelon festivals visits, farmers’
market visits, and media interviews. We hope to
see you soon in our travels!
Alabama Watermelon Association
The 32nd annual Alabama Watermelon Association
Convention was held in February at the Beau Rivage
Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The convention was full
of fun, excitement, and even karaoke! This year was a
great success and a special thank you to all the sponsors:
Allen Lund Company, Billy Smith’s Watermelons, Inc.,
Clifton Seed Company, Genecco Produce, International
Paper, LTF Greenhouses, McMelon, Inc, Morgan Wood
Products, National Watermelon Association, National
Watermelon Promotion Board, RockTenn, Sakata Seed,
Sunny Fresh, Valdosta Plant Company, and Williams
Manis Produce Marketing. Thank you all for making
our convention not only possible, but a great success.
There are a few more people who received awards
for their hard work, generosity, and support. Mr. Terry
Jones, Southern Quality Shippers received the King
Buyer Award and Mr. Rantz Smith, Smith Farms of Bell,
Inc received the King Donor Award. Ray Gilliland of
Ray Gilliland Melons received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Corliss Smith of Billy Smith’s Watermelons received the Jan Ware Award. Mr. Jay Jones
of Sakata Seed received the Outstanding Service Award.
Thank you all for your dedication the association, it is
One last farewell to the 2011 Alabama Watermelon
Queen, Miss Ann-Marie Urrutia. A special thank you
for all your hard work and dedication, over the past year.
You have represented the Alabama Association with
great pride and elegance! Ann-Marie has been an outstanding representative for our association. In addition,
thank you to all that helped make her year so special.
We had four outstanding young women competing for the 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen position.
Miss Meghan Patterson of Thorsby, sponsored by Sunny
Fresh, Miss Leah Knight of Berry sponsored by McMelon, Miss Amber Nolin of Enterprise, sponsored by
Billy Smith’s Watermelons, and Miss Jaime Minor of
Muscle Shoals, sponsored by Gulf Seed. Congratulations to Miss Amber Nolin on your new role as the 2012
Alabama Watermelon Queen. Miss Amber is the 20
year old daughter of Greg and Renea Nolin. She lives
in Enterprise and attends Enterprise Sate Community
Amber and I are both very excited to get this year
started. We will be attending the Florida Watermelon
Convention on March 23rd-25th in Tampa, FL. Following that Amber will attend the Queen Training hosted
by the National Watermelon Promotion Board, visit
elementary schools, attend watermelon festivals, and
complete a farm tour. Amber is eager to start her year
learning about and promoting watermelons.
Newly crowned Queen Amber with her sponsor, Mr. Billy and
Mrs. Corliss Smith.
Queen Amber with Mr. Kelley and Mrs. Jean Marinaro
An amazing group of “has beens!”
Queen Kimberly, Queen Whitney, Queen Amber, Queen Ann-
Marie, and Queen Katelyn
2nd runner up, Leah Knight, Queen Amber, and 1st runner up
Queen Ann-Marie receiving her beautiful watermelon jewelry
from the AWA board.
Contestants ready for opening number.
Contestants getting tips on the seed spit competition from Mr.
Visiting Queens, contestants, board members and special guest
after the auction at the AWA convention.
All the beautiful contestants ready for evening gown
A Winning Line-up!
Queen Ann-Marie and Queen Katelyn, Congratulations on
With Affirmed, Bold Ruler and Citation,
Growers across the country are enjoying the
benefits of wide adaptability, high yield,
excellent uniformity and sweet flavor.
© 2012 Sakata Seed America, Inc.
All the 2014 Queens and the NWPB Staff at Queen Training.
The teachers were so excited to meet Montana!
Ready to present at Alabama Ag in the Classroom in
Sharing watermelon with the 4th graders at Hill Crest
Elementary School in Enterprise.
Visiting Rantz Smith and his family at Smith Farms.
Queen Montana and GA Queen Jennifer with Mr. Scott Davis
of Military Produce Group
Queen Montana, FL Queen Megan, and National Queen
Brandi had a great time seeing Josh Moore and his family at
Picking a watermelon is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Queen Montana ready to tour Billy Smith Watermelons in
Congratulations to the 2014 Chiefland Festival Queen!
These kids loved the J’ Slice stickers and
Queen Montana and 1st runner up Brooke Searcy ready for
training in Orlando, FL
Every little girl wants to be a princess!
Queen Montana role playing with Rebecca from NWPB during
Sharing watermelon with the Army Families at the
commissary in Ft. Rucker, AL.