Brandi is enjoying her super busy tour! Excellent promotions and an outstanding job by our National Queen! She
is treasuring each and every promotion. We have covered
so much in so little time; the only way to cover it all is to
let the pictures tell the story.
Only six days after being crowned Brandi began promotions and has covered so many promotions since then. We
have an even busier tour schedule ahead, to include Tokyo
Japan, with not only store promotions but serving watermelon at US Ambassador’s residence,(Caroline Kennedy)
in Tokyo for her 4th of July party. Much More to Follow!
We value the support of all our sponsors!
Special Thank you to the Following Sponsors featured in
Melon 1; South East Produce, Southern Exposure;
Illiana Watermelon Association, Convention;
Diamond 99 Watermelons, Bell Elementary
NWA, NWPB Training;
FWA, Taste of Pinellas
C H Robinson, Race for the Cure;
Arcadia Watermelon Festival, Global Produce; Phil Turner
Farms; Sweet Mama Produce; Wolf Island Produce,
Sun State Produce; Syngenta; Deland Watermelon Day
Melon 1; Charlotte Motor Speedway
NWPB; Commissary, Military Produce
Land Watermelon Sales, Melon 1; Military Produce
Thanks to each of you!
Best of the Season to You!
NWA Promotion Coordinator
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.
Thank You Diamond 99 Watermelons, Carrie and girls,
it was fantastic
Brandi enjoys a visit with Mark and Karen Arney
Thanks Rebekah, Juliemar and Stephanie
Brandi with Carrie Thomas’s class at Bell Elementary, with
two great helpers!
The School kids loved Brandi and the Watermelon booth
The girls worked hard at the Taste of Pinellas, great promotion
Lovely Ladies ready for the Banquet in Vancouver
Rich Chastain, daughter Rachel, Meagan, Rich’s Mom, Brandi,
Brooke, and Ross Chastain make a special donation to the
Moffitt Cancer Center
Brandi enjoys a visit with NWA’s John Coraro at CPMA
Brooke, Meagan and Brandi stop for a visit with John Lapide
at Melon 1
Hammy and the Melon 1 Group treat Brandi to a wonderful
23rd Birthday dinner!
The Watermelon Team in Vancouver
Thanks NWPB, shown with all the girls attending in Orlando
The Girls visit the Phil Turner Farm in Arcadia
Ready to put the booth together for CPMA in
Katelyn, Trey, Brandi and Hammy Dicks part of the Melon 1
team at the Melon1 Booth
Brandi with Trey and Katelyn Miller of Melon 1 at the
Southern Exposure Show
A visit by the NWPB Booth with Mark Arney, Brenda Mack