Greetings from the Sunshine State!
Happy 2014 everyone! Hope everyone had safe and happy
In August, Queen Brandi joined Mar-Del Queen Chelsey
and Coordinator Dawn Collins for a week full of events for
the Mar-Del National Queen tour. A special thank you to
Katelyn Kelley Miller for filling in for me for a few days.
Queen Brandi along with Queen Chelsey, NWQ Amber,
and GWA Carol Anne visited watermelon farmers, packing
houses, crab festival and local grocery stores. Thanks Dawn
and Queen Chelsey for inviting us to attend the National
October was another busy month promoting watermelons.
Thanks to our sponsors, Queen Brandi had a chance to
visit New Orleans and be at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) event. A fun two-day event! Brandi helped
Rock Tenn at their booth selling and promoting bins to
their retailers. Thanks to Cheryl Hicks and the Rock Tenn
staff for letting Queen Brandi be a part of it. We ended
our month handing out watermelons slices at the Marine
Corp Marathon held in Washington D.C. Thanks to Don
Hiller with The Class Produce Group for providing all the
packages of watermelons to hand out for this event. What
a way to end a Marathon Run eating watermelon! Thanks
to NWPB for setting it up and NWA for being part sponsor
for us to attend.
We headed to Homestead for month of November, cheering
on our No. 19, Driver Ross Chastain in the Nascar Truck
Race. Queen Brandi handed out slices of our fall watermelons at the race track. All the fans enjoyed eating a slice of
watermelon from Florida. The FWA board members and all
of us are proud of Ross this year, as he has brought home
the #19 car in the top 10 several times throughout this year.
We want to wish him good luck in his next endeavors.
Queen Brandi and I ended our month of December joining
our board members Jody and Laura Land along with Dan &
Carrie Thomas, Heather Raulerson, Harry Vaughn, NWPB
Mark Arney at the IFAS Meeting held in Gainesville, discussing topics on food safety, watermelon diseases, and
With our year coming to an end, Queen Brandi and I have
had a wonderful year promoting watermelons. She has represented our association with great pride, dignity and dedication and always has a willingness to strive and do more.
This year Brandi has taken and developed our Facebook
page for the Florida Watermelon Association and has taken
the dedication and time of posting weekly events and things
on this page. On behalf of the Florida Watermelon Association and board members we would like to wish her the best
of luck as she competes for the National Watermelon Title
in February in Savannah, Georgia.
Until next time!
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Florida Watermelon Promotions Coordinator
At Whole Foods in Delaware with Mar-Del Watermelon
Queen Coordinator Dawn Collins and MDQ Chelsey Procino.
We are all going to miss you Dawn next year!
Queen Brandi had an amazing time working at “Rock Tenn”
booth during PMA.
Good Luck Brandi at Nationals! We are all proud of you.
Enjoying Dinner at the Chart House. Thanks Mark and Jay for
a wonderful dinner.
– Queen Brandi
handed out packages of watermelon
at the Marine Corp
Don Hiller with
the Class Produce
Group for providing
It was nice seeing and visiting with Kendra Tomlinson
Kennedy at the IFAS Meeting in Gainesville.
a slice of
Meeting and Chatting with NASCAR Driver Todd Bodine in
The Watermelons Queens working the booth at the Marine
Corps Race taking a moment to pose for a picture.
Nascar Truck Driver Ross Chastain and FWQ Brandi grabbing
a slice of watermelon before the big race in Homestead.
Queen Brandi and Katelyn Miller at the Crab Festival. Thanks
Katelyn for chaperoning this promotion. Memories that will cherish a life time with all the Queens.
Thanks Sol- Marketing for providing the watermelons at “Our
World Kids Festival”.
Thanks “Rock Tenn” for a wonderful experience at PMA. Second Vice-President Laura Land and Queen Brandi at the
A future Watermelon Princess!