Greetings from Alabama,
Watermelon season is here and Queen Madison has
been busy learning about the watermelon industry
from start to finish. The 2016 Queen Tour started with
the annual National Watermelon Promotion Board
Queen Training in Orlando, Florida. Queen Madison
and our 1st runner up Paige left training prepared and
ready to start their promotions.
Next we were off to Charleston, SC to the Cooper River Bridge Run. Queen Madison and many other state
queens helped the South Carolina Watermelon Association pass out watermelon to thousands of runners.
This run is ranked as the 3rd largest 10k in America.
Memorial Day was kicked off by a great visit to Ohio.
We were welcomed by Buehler’s shoppers and employees with open arms in Wooster and Canton Ohio.
We handed out lots of watermelon and watermelon
smiles. Thank you James Scarborough with Continental Produce and the staff at Buehler’s for making this a
With watermelon season in full swing comes watermelon festivals. Queen Madison attended the Chiefland Watermelon Festivals where she rode in the
parade, visited the festivals and welcomed the newly
crowned festival queens. While in Florida, we were
able to visit a few special people and see them in action this season. Thank you for taking the time to visit
with us: Mr. Billy and Mrs. Corliss Smith with Billy
Smith Watermelons, Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Bobbie Jo
Garrett with Clifton Seed, Mr. Trey and Mrs. Amber
Smith, Mr. Terry Parrish with Clifton Seed, Mr. Rantz
and Mrs. Stephanie Smith with Smith Farms, and
Mr. Dan and Mrs. Carrie Thomas with Diamond 99.
Thank you all for your hospitality and support!
Queen Madison was invited to speak at the annual
Alabama Ag in the Classroom convention. She spoke
to over 100 teachers on how to use watermelon in their
classroom. Alabama Ag in the Classroom provides
teachers with the tools needed to educate students on
the importance of agriculture and how it affects their
We have covered a lot of ground already and have
much more to cover. The next few months will be
filled with farm tours, grocery store promotions, watermelon festivals visits, farmers’ market visits, and media interviews. We hope to see you soon in our travels!
Alabama Watermelon 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 ready for opening number.
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
A Winning Line-up!
With Affirmed, Bold Ruler and Citation,
Growers across the country are enjoying the
benefits of wide adaptability, high yield,
excellent uniformity and sweet flavor.
© 2012 Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Dan and Carrie Thomas with Diamond 99 giving Madison a
The Watermelon Queens walking the floors at the Bi-Lo Expo.
Queen Madison with participants at Alabama Ag in the
at the Cooper
Run! Madison and SC
James Scarborough with Continental Produce, Buehler’s pro-
duce staff, and Queen Madison ready to hand out watermelon
at Buehler’s Stores in Ohio.
A slice of watermelon is the best way to cool off at the
Chiefland Watermelon Festival.
Queen Madison with some of the 5th graders at Hillcrest
Madison touring Smith Farms with Rantz and Stephanie Smith
and their daughters Makenzie and Kylie.
Mr. Billy Smith with Billy Smith Watermelons
and Queen Madison.
Low Country Live morning interview in Charleston South
The Newberry Watermelon Festival Queens with the Chiefland
Festival Queen, Queen Madison and the FL Watermelon
Queen during the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.
Watermelon is the smile fruit!
Queen Madison with Scott Davis of Military Produce Group at
the Maxwell AFB Commissary
more fun to