Happy summer greetings from Texas!
Our 2017 Watermelon Queen, Chloe Brown, started
off her year with queen training in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though it was a quick trip, Chloe received a great
deal of beneficial information from the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s Stephanie Barlow and
the training team. The agenda included media training
and coaching from Carmine and Vanessa Gallo who
interview, video tape, and critique each young lady.
All of the girls see the videos and are offered helpful
tips on their strengths and where they can improve.
Stephanie also gave the queens important information
about speaking to the media and the general public
through social media and in face to face meetings. The
new queens were given tips to teach people how to
pick out a good watermelon, what the health benefits
are to watermelon, and how to respond to questions
they may not know how to answer. Katelyn Miller and
Brandi Harrison, both past national queens, filled the
young ladies in on the importance of their role as a
watermelon queen and what to expect in the coming
year. Lastly, Erika Preval, who is an expert on charm
and etiquette, gave the girls lessons on introductions,
dressing, sitting properly, table manners, etc. Every
aspect of the day was helpful and informative for each
of the queens. Thank you once again to the NWPB for
a great experience.
Next was a trip to south Texas and the Rio Grande
Valley where Chloe visited a small private school in
Mission, Texas. She spoke to the children about her
job and why they should eat more watermelon and
then answered questions from the children. Chloe also
helped pass out plenty of delicious What-A-Melon
watermelon to the grateful children. Later that same
hot and windy day Queen Chloe visited the farm and
packing shed of Nowell Borders Companies where she
got some great pictures. The next day she attended the
Alamo Watermelon Festival which was sponsored in
part by the TWA and where the delicious watermelon
was donated by Nowell Borders Companies. Chloe
had a great time at the festival visiting with the locals
and helping out with the games.
As summer progresses there will be quite a few in-store promotions all over the state where Chloe will
encourage buyers to put our favorite fruit in their
shopping carts. She will also take part in the Center
Watermelon Festival which will be fun for her, as it is
her hometown. I look forward to these events and to
getting to know Chloe better as she continues to flourish as our Texas queen.
Blessings to you and yours,
Barbara Duda TWA Promotions Coordinator
We can’t forget the stickers!
There was plenty of watermelon to go around.
Answering the students’ questions
Thank you Carmine and Vanessa Gallo.
On camera interview practice
Game time at Queen Training
Packing shed visit with her cousin, Dalton Borders Watching a different type of seed spit
Enjoying sweet watermelon with a young friend
Trying her hand at the archery game
The Alamo Festival
In the field with the crew
Happy to help!