Welcome to Watermelon Season!!! On March 21st, the
annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ was held in Columbia, SC at the SC Farmers Market. Sydney met and
mingled with the attendees and enjoyed some of the
delicious BBQ that was available.
March 25th through March 29th, found us along with
Nationals, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, MarDel,
Alabama, and Illiana, in Charleston, SC for the annual
Cooper River Bridge Run. This events brings in over
250,000 spectators and 40,000 runners. The SC Watermelon Association provided over 36,400 cups of packaged watermelon to runners as they passed the finish
line. The queens also attended the Bi-Lo Expo where
they passed out slices of watermelon to those in attendance.
On April 10th through April 12th, Sydney attended
Queen Training in Durham, NC, at the Bayer facility.
The program was excellent and the girls were able to
learn a great deal about watermelons as well as bees and
the pollination of all fruits and vegetables. The NWPB
did another outstanding job of planning this year’s event.
Taste of South Carolina was held at the State House on
May 13th. Many slices of watermelon were passed out
to the many legislators as they sampled different foods
from the state of South Carolina.
On May 14th, Holly Whatley, 2011 SC Watermelon
Queen, appeared on a 26 minute segment of The Peggy
Denny Show in Greenville, SC. Holly prepared several
recipes on the show and discussed the upcoming watermelon season for our state. Sydney will be doing another Show for Peggy in mid-June.
Batesburg Leesville invited us to their elementary school
on May 15th. Matt Cornwell, along with several interns
from the SC Department of Agriculture brought in the
melons and helped to serve the entire school.
Bookman Elementary in Elgin, SC, was the next stop.
Former SC Watermelon Queen, Summers Slaton McBride invited Sydney to read and talk about growing watermelons to the kindergarten classes at her school. The
children loved the queen and the time that she spent with
them – they also loved the delicious watermelon slices.
The summer is filled with many in-store promotions as
well as special events. Sydney and I would like to wish
everyone a successful year and we hope to see you all
Warm Watermelon Wishes,
SC Promotions Coordinator
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bi-Lo Expo, Charleston, SC.
Enjoying the fresh fruit and muffins at Bi-Lo booth.
Getting ready for the Bridge Run.
Learning to drive a combine at the SC Farmers Market.
Learning about the bees at Bayer in Durham, NC.
Reading to the kindergarten students at
Bookman Elementary, Elgin, SC.
Bi-Lo in-store promotion, Anderson, SC
Enjoying dinner at Queen Training, Durham, NC
Commissioner Weathers and Sydney at Taste of South
Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Sydney with Martin Eubanks at the
Commissioner’s Cup BBQ in Columbia, SC.
The Cooper River Bridge Run is ready to start.
Bi-Lo Expo, Charleston, SC.
Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School,