Watermelon Greetings from the State of Florida:
Watermelon time is here in the Sunshine State. Queen Kelli and I
have had several busy months traveling all over the world promoting our favorite product…WATERMELONS!
On February 24, Queen Kelli went to Bell, Florida for Ag in the
Classroom. Thank you to Bobbie Jo Garrett for helping chaperone
this event. Queen Kelli spoke to students on the nutrients and the
benefits of watermelon. Thanks to Diamond 99, Dan and Carrie
Thomas, for setting up and sponsoring this event. Also, during that
week Queen Kelli traveled to Orlando for the 2015 Southern Exposure Conference & Expo being held at Caribe Royale Orlando in
Orlando, Florida. Thanks to Border’s Melon East for letting us be a
part of your booth and also for sponsoring us for this event. Thanks
to Brandi Harrison for chaperoning Queen Kelli on this amazing
promotion! A record breaker attendance this year for the Southern
The month of March Queen Kelli and I traveled to Charleston,
South Carolina for the 38th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run.
40,000 runners participated in this event. Queen Kelli and I along
with other state chapter’s queens and coordinators as well as the
National Queen Emily Brown and Coordinator Eleanor Bullock
handed out 33,600 cups of watermelon during this event. Thanks to
the South Carolina Watermelon Association and Bio- Lo Grocery
Stores for a huge successful promotion. The Cooper River Bridge
Run is the 3rd largest 10-K Run in the United States.
A busy month for us in April! Starting off with our National Watermelon Queen Training held this year in Raleigh, North Carolina
at the Bayer Crop Science Facility. A very special thank you to the
Bayer Crop Science for hosting and sponsoring this event. Also
a special thank you to our past national queens Katelyn Kelley-Miller and Kendra Tomlinson-Kennedy for teaching and training
the queens on watermelon etiquette and queen appearances. Thank
you to everyone at NWPB for making this a special National Watermelon Queen Training this year. All attendees learned so much.
I personally learned a lot about the bees! If you get a chance, go to
their website Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Program and visit it.
There are tons of interesting facts about bees.
On April 16, Queen Kelli took an exciting trip down to South Florida to join Paul Sawyer and Patty Swilley for the annual “Queen
Farm Tour”. They started out very early that day visiting watermelon fields, packing sheds, farmers markets, and the community
of Immokalee. Thanks to Paul Sawyer with Seigers Seed Co. for
being with them that day and showing Queen Kelli all about the
watermelon industry. I want to personally thank everyone that day
for taking time out of your busy schedule.
At the end of month, Queen Kelli and I headed to Richmond, Virginia for the Toyota Care 250 Race to support our #4 Watermelon
NASCAR Infinity Driver Ross Chastain. Thursday, Queen Kelli,
NWQ Emily, and GWQ Jennifer visited Richmond Children Hospital and handed out stickers and coloring books to the children there.
Friday was a fun-filled exciting day with Ross, handing out slices
of watermelon to all the race care fans. This was the first time our
Queen Kelli had ever been to a Nascar Race. Then we ended our
Saturday with an in-store promotion with Kroger handing out slices
of watermelons. Thanks to Stephanie Barlow and Shelia Carden
with NWPB for an awesome weekend promoting watermelons and
Melon 1 for donating the watermelons for these events.
Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
Always Eat Florida Fresh Watermelons!
Home Phone: 863-494-1163
Thank you Borders Melon East for having me at
the Southern Expo!
Queen Kelli at the BEES facility in Raleigh, NC.
Beautiful scene with a beautiful group of ladies at the
Cooper River Run.
Visiting with Mr.
Arnold Mack at the
Queen Kelli visiting
John and Sue Anne at
Indian Hill Produce.
Show us your “W” - Watermelon for the Win. Go Ross!
Thank you Paul Sawyer
for taking Ms. Patty
and I on our farm
Promoting Florida Watermelons at the “Kroger Store”
Queen Kelli at Bell Elementary School educating the kids
about the health
A beautiful day in the
Having fun at the Cooper River Run Expo!
Spending Sunday at Epcot with Dept. of Ag. at the Flower
It was nice meeting and visiting with the “Melon 1” Family.
“Thank You!” Bayer Crop Science for a wonderful fun
Visiting the Richmond Children’s Hospital in Richmond, VA.
It was nice to see and
meet you Doug
Dickerson of Nature