Greetings from the MAR-DEL
We are very excited for you to see
what we have been up to in Maryland
and Delaware since the Spring! We
crowned our new 2015 Watermelon
Queen, Courtney Hastings, in February at our annual Convention and
she has been a ball of fire since day
one! She is so ambitious and eager
to promote our product and we are
so pleased to have her as our spokeswomen this year for our association!
Queen Courtney has been to training in North Carolina, served 33,600
cups of watermelon to runners,
learned the germination and planting process, rode on the watermelon
planter, danced to the “Watermelon
Crawl,” spit seeds for hours, spoken
on live radio, diced up Watermelon
Salsa, worked in a grocery store selling watermelons, been on Pit Road
at a Nascar Race and served watermelon to drivers and crew…SHEW!!
What else is next for her?! LOTS!
And we will share it all with you in
the next edition of the Vineline!
Until next time, we hope everyone
has a wonderful watermelon season
and we are looking forward to promoting your product this summer!
MAR-DEL Watermelon Association
The girls are dressed
and ready for the
Cooper River Bridge
Expo on the banks
of Folly Beach, SC.
Thank you to SC Watermelon Association,
Miss Ann, and SC
Queen Sydney, for
hosting us for such
a fabulous and fun
One of our favorite
little friends during a
Heritage Festival at
the Ward’s Museum
in Salisbury, MD. He
loved seeing how far he
could spit a seed!
Courtney with coordinator, Caitlin Givens, after she was
finished planting and she is all smiles!
at the Bayer
Bee Facility in
A huge thank
you to Bayer
and NWPB for
Courtney, National Queen, Emily, GA Queen Carla, and FL
Queen Kelli all showing their “W’s” with Nascar’s Xfinity
Series driver and watermelon famer, Ross Chastain, just
before his race at the Monster Mile in Dover, DE. Thank you
very much to NWPB for the weekend of promotions you put
together for all of the queens. We enjoyed supporting Ross!!!
Thank you to
donating watermelons for our
“Fuel up to Play
60” event, and
the Dover Nascar
The Multiple Sclorosis
Society of Talbot
County hosted their
annual “MS Bike-a-thon,” where the
is always a hit at
because riders enjoy
the hydrating slices
of watermelon during
their 30, 68, or 100
mile road course!
Courtney, as well as other state queens joined us in DE for the Do-
ver Nascar Race and Rehoboth Elementary School welcomed them
in as they read to the students and served slices of watermelon!
how the germination
process of watermelons works at Vincent
Farms in Laurel, DE.
Thank you to Vincent
“Fuel Up to Play 60” event held at Crown Sports Center in
Salisbury, MD asked Courtney to come and serve watermelon
for their lunch as well as educate them on the health benefits
of watermelons. She even diced up some Fire and Ice Salsa to
share with them!
The Queen learns how to plant watermelons on the planter for
the Givens Family in Georgetown, DE. Thank you to Scot Giv-
ens for teaching Courtney about the planting process.
Queen Courtney has
already had a full calendar of events and
she is so eager and
the rest of our season
support her and the
other state queens
this summer, as they
will be all over the
East Coast promoting
Courtney at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE during
Nemours’ Healthy Kid’s Day, where she taught the students
how to do the “Watermelon Crawl.”
The Queen had her first live interview on our local country
music station, Froggy 99.9 in Salisbury, MD!
The queens served slices of watermelon in the produce section
at Redner’s Market in Dover, DE. Thank you Redner’s!