Queen Kristin started her season with a visit to Austin, Texas for the Viva Fresh Expo. It was a well- attended event where she met and visited with many
people in the Texas produce industry. Next was
queen training, which was a wonderful experience in
North Carolina at the Bayer Bee Care Center. The
girls learned a great deal from Stephanie Barlow
about the key messages of the watermelon industry,
some of the problems the farmers face, what to do
and what to expect at promotions, and other tips to
being a great state queen. They also received pointers
about personal appearance and etiquette with a session presented by Kendra Kennedy and Katelyn Miller. Media training was put on by Dr. Jack Boyne and
Kayla Reed from Porter Novelli. The ladies were
also educated about how different types of media
can best be used to get the watermelon message out.
Dr. Boyne also gave the girls great tips about how to
put their best foot forward in whatever type of media
they are working in, whether it is radio, T.V., print or
online. The following day there was the bee educational tour. Everyone came away with a much greater
appreciation of bees and the work they do for our
crops and the need to take care of their environment.
Thank you to all the wonderful folks at Bayer: Rob,
Katelyn, Chuck and Russ, and to Stephanie Barlow,
Mark Arney and all of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
After queen training Kristin attended the Minneapolis Race for the Cure. It was a quick trip, but a
lot of fun. Kristin met Chef Poon for the first time
and as always, it was a time full of laughter, energy,
and smiles. The thousands of people who attended
the race certainly appreciated the sweet and delicious samples of watermelon. We want to give a big
“Thank you” to Jimmy Henderson and Warren Produce for sponsoring our trip.
Next, was the Alamo Watermelon Festival where a
small town here in the Rio Grande Valley celebrates
our favorite fruit. It was hot, but the rides and food
and especially the watermelon were a hit. Kristin
then went on to making her first in-store promotions in San Antonio at HEB. On both Saturday and
Sunday Kristin handed out hundreds of samples of
delicious Texas watermelon. She also taught the customers how to select a ripe watermelon, which was
something customers really appreciated.
The start to the summer is something we all look
forward to. I hope everyone has a safe, sweet and
prosperous one. God bless.
TWA Queen Coordinator
The girls gained valuable information at queen training.
Chef Poon and
Kristin, Emily, and Chef Poon with all the good people
from Robinson Fresh
Our hosts Chuck, Rob, and Ross from Nunhems/Bayer
The first HEB
for the day!
Kristin did great in the seed spit.
The M&P Produce truck and our TWA beauty
The beautiful state queens and the wonderful folks from
We love watermelon!
Queen Kristin and NWA Queen Emily are ready for the
Minneapolis Race for the Cure.
Thanks again Bayer/Nunhems!
Kristin and the lovely ladies of the
Alamo Watermelon Festival