What an amazing year so far for Carla Lynn
Penney 2016 National Watermelon Queen.
She has enjoyed so many valuable and diverse promotions in such a short period of
time. We have such a limited space to cover
these awesome promotional events, but certainly wish to thank the sponsors for making them possible. Carla is doing a fantastic
job representing our industry promoting our
product. I will highlight the events and sponsors, and let the pictures give the account of
Illiana Watermelon Association;
Convention; French Lick, Indiana
Freddie Ellis; Sun Up Produce; N C Watermelon Convention; Wrightsville Beach, NC
Allen Lund Co; St Patrick’s Day Parade;
South Carolina Watermelon Association;
Cooper River Bridge Run; Charleston, SC
Melon 1; Browning & Sons; Food Lion
Grand Opening; Edenton, NC
Queen Training; Orlando, FL
NWPB; CPMA; Calgary Canada
Carla Penney Day in Vienna, GA
Warren Produce; Race for the Cure;
We have so much more to share with you,
Best of the Season to you!
Eleanor T Bullock
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.
Carmen and Carla tried to catch up at the Convention A slightly rainy start at the Cooper River Bridge Run, turned into
a beautiful day, over 45,000 cups of watermelon served…Success
Senator Brent Jackson, and long time tour sponsor at
the NC Convention
The Girls at the
Bi Lo Expo in
The Sun Up team! Thank you for your hospitality
On the air in Charleston, for Low Country Live
Thank you Freddie Ellis and Sun Up Produce for bringing us
to the NC Convention
Carla loved being in the St Patrick Day parade in Savannah,
2nd largest in the country!
Carla congratulates McKenzi McClain 2016 IWA Queen What a wonderful day with this amazing group in Savannah!
Carla poses with 2015 IWA Queen, Lindsey Hampton and
2015 National Queen Emily Brown
Special thanks to Nora Trueblood, director of Marketing &
Communications for Allen Lund
Carla poses with
Mike Horrall The Allen Lund team treat us to dinner in Savannah on the
eve of the St Patrick Day Parade
Paul Sawyer gives
Carla a Guitar,
signed by Lady
purchased at the
I WA auction.
2016 NC Watermelon Queen
Makensie and Carla and their Watermelon Teammates
show us their “W”