Florida Watermelon season is here!! The week after Nationals, our newly
crowned 2016 Florida Watermelon Queen Katy Mae Harrison and I were on
the road to promote watermelons at the Southeast Produce Council Southern
Exposure event held in Hollywood, Florida. The trade show saw a record-breaker attendance this year. Thanks to Borders Melon East for having us in
your booth that day and sponsoring us. Our next promotion took us north to
South Carolina for the 39th Annual Cooper River Run event. Over 40,000
participants ran this year. Queen Katy Mae, National Queen Carla, and other
state queens handed out over 48, 000 cups of watermelons for this run. All
the runners enjoyed a cup of cold watermelon at the end of the race.
Queen Katy Mae and I started out in April. We joined with Chef Justin
Timmeri of the Dept. of Ag Fresh from Florida along with Sydney Brown
to hand out slices of watermelon at the Orange-Blue Spring Football Game.
Chef Justin fixed one of his many recipes in which you can find on his
website, Fresh from Florida. Everyone enjoyed a slice of watermelon and
Barbeque Chicken Nachos. From there Katy Mae and I along with our
first runner Hailey Bason headed to Orlando for the NWPB Annual Queen
Training. A weekend of training consisting of Carmine & Vanessa Gallo,
with media & coaching training, Kendra Tomlinson-Kennedy – role of a
watermelon queen, and the importance of a watermelon queen in our watermelon industry at a retail impact, as well as visiting Global Produce Packing
House and their watermelon field. Thanks to everyone who helped out that
weekend of queen training. A special thanks to NWPB for doing this every
year for not only our queens but the coordinators as well.
The following Friday Queen Katy Mae and Heather Raulerson traveled to
Ocala to visit the Queen of Peace Montessori and Dr. NH Jones Elementary
School. They handed out slices of watermelons and talked to kids about
all the vitamins in a watermelon. The kids loved her being there. Thanks
Heather for not only sponsoring her but for being her chaperone. Then on
Saturday we headed to Branford, Florida for the Florida Braham Field Day
& Heifer Sale. It was a beautiful day with over 250 attendees present. A day
filled with a lot of learning things for our young adults on Braham’s and
Heifer’s. Everyone attending enjoyed a slice of Florida Watermelon. Thanks
to Adrian Land and his family for having us that day at their L2 Ranch and
The months of April and May Queen Katy May and our first runner-up
Hailey Bason visited many schools reading and educating our kids about the
nutrients of watermelons. They handed out slices of watermelons, stickers,
handed out coloring books, read them stories about watermelons, taught
them on how to pick a watermelon out in a grocery stories, shared fun-facts with them on watermelons, handed out activity sheets, played lots of
games and spent the day with them on their Career Day Activities. From
Kindergarten to 8th grade they educated over thousands of kids during these
months. Special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this all possible.
We ended the month of April at the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot with Melissa Hunt with the Florida Dept. of Agriculture (Fresh from
Florida). Our local farmers educated everyone throughout the day about the
different recipes that you can do with our Florida fruit and vegetables to
create delicious meals. Queen Katy Mae handed out brochures which were
provided by the National Watermelon Promotion Board and Fresh from
Florida on this event.
Queen Katy Mae and I have been busy these last several months, if you
haven’t been on our Facebook page please go on and like it! Every week all
of our promotions and pictures are uploaded on what our Queen Katy Mae
is doing next to promote watermelons. Our past Florida and National Queen
Brandi Harrison is doing an awesome job helping us keep up with sharing
picture’s and promotions with everyone.
In our next month’s edition I’ll be sharing with you our events we did from
May to July with our local farm tour visits, packing shed’s, Cares Dinner,
festival events, TV promotions with Fox 4 Morning Blend, grocery stores,
and our Moffitt Cancer Run.
If you are interested in sponsoring our Florida Watermelon Queen Katy Mae
to an event, please contact me by email or phone.
Until next issue,
Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
Cell: (863) 633-8306
Home: (863) 494-1163
From the “Packing Shed”.
Thanks Seagrest Farms for the Beta Fish!
Thanks to the staff of “NWPB” for everything you do!
Spending the day with Melissa Hunt at “Epcot”.
At the Orange-Blue Game debut, Queen Katy Mae handed out
slices of watermelons donated by Gulfshore Produce. Thanks
Queen Katy Mae with Laura Land handing out slices of watermelons at the Florida Braham Field Day.
Queen Katy Mae along with the national and other state
queens taking a picture at the Expo in front of the Cooper
River Bridge Run.
Queen Katy Mae visiting the day with Mr. Raymond Land and
his grandson’s, Adrian and Joseph.
Headed to “Low Country Live” in South Carolina.
Queen Katy Mae and
the students at Dr.
NH Jones Elementary
Katelyn and Rachel.
A fun day at the
“Queen of Peace
Congratulations “Fresh from Florida” for winning the booth
contest at the Southern Exposure Show.
Studying up on their watermelon facts at “Queen Training in
Enjoyed the day at “Southern Exposure” with the gang at
Borders Melon East. Thanks for having us!
To the “Watermelon Field”. Thanks Global Produce for
showing us around.