Watermelon season is now in full swing in South Carolina.
Our queen, Laura Schurlknight has been a very busy young
The “Watermelon Fuels Athletes” program that was initiated
in South Carolina by Angela O’Neal Chappell has proven to
be very beneficial to our industry. This program has been a
tremendous success in schools and universities as well as 5k
and 10k races across our state.
On March 31 through April 3, the South Carolina Association
sponsored the annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Charles-
ton, SC. The run proved to be as successful as in years past.
Over 48,000 cups of cut watermelon was passed out to over
40,000 runners in this 10k race. National, North Carolina,
Georgia, Alabama, MarDel and Florida were in attendance to
help with this event. We want to express our sincere thanks
to all who attended and for the help that you provided. Without all of you, we could not make this event happen. During
the weekend, the queens and coordinators all attended the Bi-Lo Expo as well as appearing on Low Country Live, WCIV-TV, News 4 in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Queen Laura and 1st runner-up, Blakely Johnson, attended
Queen Training in Orlando, Florida on April 8 through April
10. The NWPB along with Kendra Kennedy presented a
wonderful day of training. The girls were also fortunate
enough to be hosted to a local field and on-site training there
by Lee Worten.
On May 7th, Laura passed out watermelon slices at the an-
nual Beaufort 5k run in Beaufort, SC. This event brought in
over 300 runners and even more spectators.
Rudolph Gordon Elementary School in Fountain Inn, SC was
the next stop on May 12 and May 13. Slices were served to
over 1,000 students at this location.
May 27th found us at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary in
Leesville, SC where 550 students were in attendance. Bookman Elementary followed on May 27th, where Laura read to
the kindergarten classes, discussed bee pollination, and then
served them watermelon slices.
Your Carolina, WSPA-TV, News 4 in Greenville was the
Memorial Day stop on Monday, May 30. Laura prepared a
recipe and talked about the upcoming season for South Carolina farmers. She also talked about the school programs that
were being done throughout the state.
Memorial Day also found Dr. Gilbert Miller of the Clemson
Research Center in Blackville, SC and 1st runner-up, Blakely
Johnson, in Hilton Head at the Hilton Head 5k Run. The runners enjoyed the delicious watermelon slices and the helpful
watermelon tips provided.
Monarch Elementary School in Simpsonville had us cutting
slices on May 31 and June 1. Watermelon was served at both
field days to 1,100 students, staff, faculty and parents.
We are now looking forward to more upcoming TV appear-
ances as well as festivals and summer camps. We wish every-
one a very profitable and fulfilling watermelon season.
SC Promotions Coordinator
864-303-3995 1st runner-up, Blakely Johnson,
answering questions about growing
watermelons in Beaufort, SC.
Working the 5k Race in Beaufort, SC.
Over 1,100 students enjoyed watermelon slices at Monarch
Elementary over a two day period.
Touring the farm with Lee Wroten and family in Florida.
The children loved Laura at Monarch Elementary School in
Laura at Queen Training with Carmine Gallo.
Blakely Johnson attending the 5k Race in Hilton Head, SC.
Ready to pass out 48,000 cups of watermelon to runners at the
Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC
Live on Your Carolina, WSPA- TV, News 4, Greenville, SC.
Visiting the Bi-Lo Expo Center in Charleston, SC.
Reading and telling about bee pollination at Bookman
Elementary School in Elgin, SC.
State Queens visiting with the host of Low Country Live,
WCIV-TV, News 4, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Passing out the watermelon stickers at Batesburg-Leesville
Elementary School in Leesville, SC.
Laura is getting ready for
her first official TV
appearance as the 2016
Getting ready for 1,000 students at Rudolph Gordon
Elementary School in Fountain Inn, SC.