Greetings from North Carolina,
Summertime is here and the North Carolina watermelon season will soon be in full swing. Our Queen
Miss Sarah Lemons has been busy since her crowning
in March and lots more activities are just around the
Queen Sarah and National Queen Carla had the privilege of promoting watermelons at the grand opening of
a new Food Lion store in Edenton, NC. Hundreds of
people came out to the store opening and enjoyed sampling and learning about watermelons from the queens.
Past NWA President Mr. Don Hiller dressed up as watermelon to help the queens throughout the event. Ross
Chastain also joined in the promotion by bringing his
show car all the way over to eastern NC for the day.
The National Watermelon Promotion Board Queen
training in Orlando, FL was a great learning experience for Sarah. The NWPB staff did an excellent job
of helping the new state queens to better understand
the industry and how to promote watermelons in their
states. A farm tour was added to this year’s schedule.
The tour was lots of fun and educational for all the
young ladies. Thanks to Global Produce Sales for the
Queen Sarah’s trip to Charleston, SC for the Cooper
River Bridge Run was a huge success. The South
Carolina Watermelon Association, Ann Bryant and
SC Queen Laura were great hosts for the event. The
threat of rainy weather did not deter the queens from
rising early on the day of the run. All the young ladies
worked hard sharing watermelon with all the runners at
the conclusion of the race. The watermelon cups, supplied by the SC Watermelon Association, were a big hit
with the runners and they were very thankful to have
the hydrating value of watermelon after the event.
Queen Sarah has also been busy back home in North
Carolina. She has attended Ad Day events reaching
thousands of young people and education them about
the benefits of watermelons. National Tourism Week
found Sarah visiting NC Welcome Centers to share
watermelon samples, recipes and nutrition information
with travels coming to our state.
Summer is here and Queen Sarah is excited about all
the promotional events to come. We hope to see you
all during the season.
Queen Sarah sharing watermelon with runners at the
conclusion of the Cooper River Bridge Run.
Mrs. Frances Bunch and Queen Sarah shared lots of watermelon during National Tourism Week.
Farm tour at Global Produce Sales during training in Florida. Sarah enjoyed meeting the travelers at the NC Welcome
Secret with everyone.
Sarah shared the watermelon message with hundreds of school
aged kids during the Bandys Ag Day.
Carmine Gallo shared
the secrets of being a
with the Queens.
These young ladies
and Sarah are
enjoying all the
fun at the Sampson
County Ag Day.
Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina Queen’s
enjoying the NWPB Queen Training program and gifts
Queen Sarah show-
ing off her “W” for
watermelon at the
Queen Sarah helped present a check to the Food Bank of
Albemarle from Food Lion
Sarah and Carla getting excited about sharing all those boxes
of watermelon with the runners.
Queen Carla, Eleanor and Sarah enjoyed meeting the
customers at the Food Lion in Edenton, NC Sarah having fun at the Cooper River Bridge Run
Ross Chastain, Queen Sarah, Don Hiller and Queen Carla
represented the watermelon industry well at the Food Lion
store Grand Opening
All the queens getting ready to distribute watermelon to the
runners in Charleston, SC