North Carolina Report
Greetings from North Carolina,
Summertime is here and the North Carolina watermelon
season will soon be in full swing. Since our last article,
the North Carolina Watermelon Association hosted its
36th Annual Convention in Wrightsville Beach, NC. It
was a great convention with lots of growers and industry
leaders in attendance. We would like to thank Brantley
Farms, Freshouse, Ingles Market and Fresh-Pik Produce
for sponsoring our Queen contestants this year. At the
convention, Miss Emma Cannon of Wendell, NC was
selected to be our 2017 NC Watermelon Queen. Queen
Emma is a graduated of NC State University with a
degree in Ag Science. She has a true passion for agriculture and especially the produce industry. Queen Emma
has been busy since her crowning in March and lots
more activities are just around the corner.
To ensure all the new state Queens a successful start to
their season the National Watermelon Promotion Board
hosted our annual queen training in Atlanta, GA and it
was a great learning experience for Emma. Stephanie
and Juliemar did an excellent job of helping the young
ladies to better understand the industry and how to promote watermelon to any audience.
Queen Emma has already found many opportunities
to meet consumers of all ages and educate them on the
value of watermelon. Including an Ingles Market grand
opening in western NC, commissary promotions at Fort
Bragg Army Base and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base,
the NC Got to Be NC Festival and national tourism day
events at two NC Welcome Center. She also spoke with
agriculture students at two FFA banquets.
Queen Emma’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
Blakeley were great hosts. The weather was beautiful
and the queens were very excited to be a part of the run.
Everyone worked hard sharing watermelon with runners
at the conclusion of the race. Watermelon really does
Queen Emma was a special guest at the NC Ag Products
Dinner hosted by the NC Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Service. During the reception and dinner Emma discussed NC agriculture with Commissioner
Steve Troxler, several NC legislators, commodity leaders and farmers.
Summer is here and Queen Emma is excited about all
the promotional events to come. We hope to see you all
during the season.
Emma and Samantha at NWPB Queen Training with Stephanie
and Juliemar. Thank you for a great training.
Carmine and Vanessa Gallo at the NWPB Queen Training.
Carmine shared a copy of his book The Storyteller’s Secret with
Queen Emma and our first runner up Samantha Byrd.
Emma getting excited about sharing all those boxes of
All the queens getting ready to distribute watermelon to the
runners in Charleston, SC
Queen Emma having fun at the Cooper River Bridge Run.
Watermelon fuels athletes!
Former NC Watermelon Queens welcome 2017 NC Watermelon
Queen Miss Emma Cannon to the watermelon family.
We were excited to have so many visiting Queen’s and National
Queen Madison as a part of our convention.
Ingles Market Grand Opening in Hendersonville, NC
Emma enjoyed meeting the soldiers and families at the Fort Bragg
Queen Emma at the Got to be NC Ag Festival
It was a fun day meeting consumers and the staff of the I-85
Welcome Center for National Tourism Day.
Mr. Gordon Gordon Etheridge, Emma and NC Commissioner
of Agriculture Steve Troxler enjoying the NCDA Ag Products
Queen Emma at the NC Ag Products Dinner.
Mr. Jim Ray and Emma at the Ingles grand opening.
Queen Emma sharing the watermelon message with Ingles
Queen Emma was the featured speaker at the Knightdale High
School FFA banquet.