Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday! Queen Meagan and I have been busy these last few months of fall
promoting our Florida Watermelon. In August, we attended
the Mar-Del National Queen Tour, a week full of promoting watermelon from local grocery stores, packing houses,
Laurel auction market, Rehoboth Board Walk, radio stations, and the 69th Annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Festival.
Thanks to Bob Gibson with Gibson Produce & Watermelon
Sales for sponsoring us for the week. After this, Queen Meagan and I were headed to West Palm Beach for “Our World
Kids Festival”. We handed out slices of watermelon this
year and had a record breaking attendance. It was a two-day
event, but Queen Meagan and I cut up and passed out all the
watermelon we had on the first day. Thanks to Sol-Group
Marketing for donating the bins of watermelon!
For the month of October, Queen Meagan and Heather
Raulerson traveled to the Queen of Peace Montessori School
for their Family Fun Day. Queen Meagan handed out slices
of watermelon and coloring books for the event. Thanks to
International Paper for sponsoring this fun-filled day. Then
we were off again… Queen Meagan and I went to Marine
Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. along with other state
chapter Queens, Coordinators, and National Watermelon
Queen Brandi and Eleanor. Queen Meagan and a daughter
of a Marine ran in their Annual Kids Run at the Pentagon.
Thanks to Stephanie, Juliemar, and Jason with NWPB for
helping and setting up this event. Also thanks to Don Hilliard with Class Produce Group for donating and packaging
the watermelon. A special thank you to the National Watermelon Association for helping sponsor this event.
November was filled with watermelon events starting off by
serving slices at the Florida State/Virginia Cavaliers Football
game with Chef Justin with the Dept. of Agriculture. Queen
Meagan enjoyed being at the home stadium of the FSU Seminoles where she will be attending in January 2015. The following weekend we had double booked promotions! One at
the University of Florida football game with our first runner-up Ashley Connors along with Chef Justin. They handed out
slices of watermelon and golf towels. It was their last home
game for the Gators. They played the South Carolina Gamecocks. The same weekend Queen Meagan and Patty Swilley
were at Homestead Miami Speedway supporting our Camping World Truck Race Driver #35 and Nationwide Driver #
10 Ross Chastain. Ross drove in both races! All the race fans
enjoyed eating slices of watermelon from Florida. We are
very proud of Ross this year for not only being a driver, but
also for promoting watermelon on the race track. We want to
wish Ross good luck in his endeavors next year.
On behalf of The Florida Watermelon Association and the
board members we would like to wish Queen Meagan good
luck as she competes for the 2015 National Watermelon
Queen Title in February in La Quinta, California. Queen
Meagan has represented our association at over 150 promotions this year with great dignity, hard work, dedication. In
the next Vineline issue I will cover more promotions that
Queen Meagan has been busy with this year.
Debra Harrison -
Florida Watermelon Promotion Coordinator
Cellular: (863) 633-8306
Thanks Bob Gibson for sponsoring us.
Queen Meagan running in the Marathon
Kids Run at the Pentagon.
A fun day with the kids at the Queen of
Peace Montessori School.
Everyone enjoying a slice of watermelon at the Crab Festival.
Queen Meagan handed out golf towels
to all the Seminoles fan.
Queen Meagan, Ross and Queen Brandi
interview with Nascar Pit Reporter.
Chef Justin and Ashley Connors getting ready
for the Gator Game.
Visiting with Samantha Busch (Kyle Busch wife) at the
Tailgate with Chef Justin at the FSU game. Go Seminoles!!!
“Finished the race season off strong in Homestead! So proud
of Ross this year!”
At the Rotary Crab
Festival in Annapolis. Thanks Don Hiller for all that you do!
visiting with Father
Patrick at the Queen
of Peace Montessori
for all the good
times and great
Luck at Nationals.
This young man enjoying slice
of watermelon at the “Our
World Kids Festival”.
Queen Meagan handed out watermelon at the Marine Corp.