Harvest time is gearing up here in Georgia! The Georgia
Watermelon Association and your Queen Carla Penney have
been busy in and out of state building anticipation and excitement for this year’s season!
We had a busy spring! In March, Queen Carla joined several other state queens and National Queen Emily for an
outstanding promotion at the Cooper River Bridge Run in
Charleston, S.C. After attending last year, we had many
runners comment that they were so glad to see us back
again – so that is a huge win for watermelon! Thank you to
the South Carolina Watermelon Association for hosting and
coordinating this event and for working hard along with us!
In April, Queen Carla attended the annual Queen Training
Seminar and Workshop this year held in Raleigh, NC. This
year’s training event was hosted and sponsored by Bayer,
and the queens and their crew got to experience Bayer’s
new state of the art Bee Care Center! Carla brushed up on
her interview and poise skills, and gained a lot of insight on
production and how vital bees are to watermelons! Thank
you NWPB for all you did to coordinate this event, and
thank you Bayer for your generous sponsorship!
From there, GWA got an irresistible invite to attend the
Xfinity Series Nascar Race in Richmond, Va. The GWA
2014 Queen Jennifer Eadie filled in for Carla for this event,
and did a tremendous job promoting GWA on the track and
in the local grocery stores where we gave out nearly 10 bins
of free watermelon! Queen Carla spent that weekend raising
more than $10,000 for Relay for Life and Cancer Research
in her home town of Vienna, Ga.
As we headed into the month of May, Queen Carla’s schedule exploded with school opportunities, and we did our best
to be present at each one. Thank you to Duley Co., Bibb
Co., Crisp Co., and McDuffie Co. schools for hosting us and
letting us spend some time teaching you about watermelon!
Queen Carla was also able to take the watermelon message
up to Maryland Pre-Schools and Kindergartens through the
Dover Race Promotion! GWA, along with FWA, Mar-Del
and the National Queen visited schools, moved watermelon
in a local grocery store, and stood next to Ross Chastain as
he took on the Xfinity Race there in Dover. It was an awesome weekend!
As the season starts running in full speed, Queen Carla will
be featured in several media events at the Cordele Watermelon Festival! She will also head out of the country in
June to Toronto for the Longos Eating Contest and again in
July for Coleman’s Watermelon Events in Newfoundland!
In the time between, Queen Carla and Georgia Watermelon
will be represented at Wal-marts, BJ’s Wholesale Stores,
Harveys, and many more so we can help move Georgia
Stay tuned for more exciting updates from your Georgia
Watermelon Association, and let us know how we can continue to work for you!
Samantha T. Kilgore
GWA Promotions Coordinator
Greetings from the Alabama 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 compet-
ing 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 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
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.
Day in Bibb Co.
Schools –these kids
Queen Training was so much fun with this crew!
Queen Carla at Crisp Co Schools teaching kids
Runners love these cups
of refreshing watermelon!
Handing out watermelon with Mar-Del Queen Courtney,
Florida Queen Kelly and National Queen Emily at
Redners in Dover!
So much watermelon to hand out
at the Cooper River
Queen Carla with our gracious sponsors for
Queen Training from Bayer!
Thanks Queen Jennifer for filling in on the Richmond Race
Posing with the BiLo Mascot at the Fitness Festival before the
Cooper River Bridge Run!
Showing off our ‘W’s
in Dover with Ross
Handing out Watermelon
Smoothies to kids in
Checking out the Bee’s at Bayer’s Bee Care Center.
Teaching kids how
to pick out the perfect watermelon in
Bibb Co. schools!