Make your plans to attend the 100th annual
National Watermelon Association Conven-
tion in beautiful, historic Savannah, Geor-
gia, February 19-23! Look for you there!
Amber has still been a busy lady promoting
watermelons. We have so many promotions
left to share with you from her tour!
Again we will let the pictures tell the story.
We thank the following sponsors for this
portion of the promotional tour and featured
in this edition. Thanks to all that have made
this year possible!
Carytown Festival: James Carlton, Sun
Fresh Farms; Brent Jackson, Jackson
Farming; Doug Dickerson, Natures’
Choice; Raymon Land, Land
The Rose Bowl Watermelon Festival,
National Watermelon Promotion Board
Market Basket Promotions: Arnold
Mack, McMelon; NWPB United Fresh
Public Policy Conference, NWA
Produce Marketing Association: NWPB
Marine Corps Marathon: NWA
Fresh Produce of the America’s: Jim
& Valerie Zaferis, North County Fruit
Sales; Brent & Susan Harrison, Harrison
Fresh; Jesus (Chuy) Lopez; Big Chuy
Distributers; Ramon & Barbara Murillo,
Cactus Melon; Luis Caballero, Growers
Alliance; Rick Burkett, Green Point Distributing; NWPB
Greetings from the Alabama Association!
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
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.
Kroger manager Ed Southern and our host for the event gives
Amber a Carytown tour
The morning host interviews Amber
Ready for the KTLA TV segment at the Rose Bowl
Josh presents the girls with Carytown Watermelon Festival
shirts in Richmond
Gordon and Amber at the Santa Monica pier
Amber prepares Fire & Ice Salsa in the Boston area
Amber after a live radio interview with Ryan Seacrest,
Samples in the beautiful display kitchen at Market Basket
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Van Groningen visit at the Rose Bowl Festival
Cece and Mike Krumrine and their adorable granddaughter
pay us a visit in Market Basket in NH
More interviews NWA Executive Director, Bob Morrissey and NWA First VP
Don Hiller at the Welcome Reception at United in DC
Chelsey, Sheila, Brad, Stephanie and Amber enjoy dinner in