It’s SPRING, a time for renewal and rebirth! Farm-
ers have a renewed spring in their steps as tractors
become an everyday presence and the work day be-
comes longer. They are as busy as bees :)
With all the enthusiasm in the air Katie is eager to
begin her IWA Queen tour. Katie and 1st runner up,
Sierra, met in Terre Haute to begin their bond as Miss
Anita Field treated them to a day of shopping and
lunch. It was another glimpse into the generosity
from their new watermelon family. A week later they
were jetting away to Atlanta for a powerful packed
training session. The National Watermelon Promotion
Board once again did an excellent job transforming
these beautiful ladies in to watermelon industry ambassadors. Katie and Sierra enjoyed getting to know
the other queens from other states.
Katie was delighted to use her new skills she learned
in charm etiquette class at the Knox County Chamber
of Commerce Banquet. She was joined by Anita Field,
Rick Linenburg, Kelly Tyner, Brad and Angie Toney.
It may have been a cold and rainy day at Purdue
Extension office but that didn’t stop the annual ‘Day
on the Farm’ festivities. Queen Katie enjoyed meeting with 3rd graders from 4 different schools. From
inside a greenhouse the kids learned about how watermelons grow, the nutritional value, fun facts and they
even got to take a watermelon plant home to grow on
their own. The kids enjoyed challenging each other
to seed spitting contests and especially watching their
teachers give it a whirl. A fun time was had by all.
Thank you Melon Acres for sponsoring this event
again this year :)
North Knox Elementary was Queen Katie’s next stop.
Katie enjoyed getting to know the kids while they
enjoyed the sweet taste of watermelon. They were
each eager to tell her about their summer hopes and
dreams. Queen Katie was once again able to educate
the kids on watermelons. They also enjoyed the seed
spitting competition. Thank you Cardinal Farms for
sponsoring this educational opportunity for the kids!
Kroger continues its dedication to opening new stores
and fixing up old ones. Ft. Wayne was the first on this
year’s tour. Chef Poon made another grand display
and entertained customers throughout the festivities.
It was bittersweet seeing our long time friend, Kevin
from Kroger, at his last grand opening before retiring.
Queen Katie is honored to represent the IWA and is ea-
ger for each new event. We look forward to a busy and
prosperous summer and wish each of you the same.
Chamber of Com-
Media Training with Carmine & Venessa Gallo
Always a fun time with Stephanie & Julimar
1st runner up Sierra and Queen Katie off to ATL
Katie is excited to get
started as IWA
3rd graders visit Queen Katie
Mmmmmm M & M’s
Team work: Katie, Kevin and Chef Poon
Katie loved the kids at N.K. Elementary
Seed spitting fun
Day on the
Pictures sent from S.K. Elementary melts Katie’s heart