Happy Holidays from the Georgia Watermelon Association! The 2014 Georgia Queen Tour is winding down
and a new year is gearing up. Our 2015 GWA Convention is returning to St. Simons Island, GA and will be
held at the King & Prince Golf Resort January 30- February 1! The hotel contact number is 1-800-342-0212.
The weekend will be packed with exciting opportunities including educational sessions, receptions and a
live and silent auction! Join us to kick off the 2015
watermelon season with food and fellowship! For more
information about the weekend’s events, call our office
After a great trip to visit with legislators in September at
The Washington Conference, Queen Jennifer, along with
several other state queens and National Queen Brandi
Harrison, headed back to D.C. for the Marine Corp Marathon weekend! We served watermelon to more than
3000 at the kid’s fun run, and handed out 20,000 samples to runners at the marathon and 10k! Watermelon
was definitely the highlight of the weekend! Thanks to
NWPB staff for coordinating, Don Hiller at Class Produce Group for providing delicious watermelon, and all
the other queens and coordinators for their hard work to
make this event a success! Also – a HUGE thanks to the
National Watermelon Association for providing financial
support to each state association that attended this great
weekend. We accomplish so much as an industry when
we team up together for these promotions!
Also this fall, the Georgia Watermelon Association was
able to donate more than $20,000 to the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. These funds were
generated with gracious load donations from GWA
President Rich Chastain with Melon 1, Inc. purchased
at nearly twice the market price by Food Lion, or Del-haize America. CH Robinson also supported this effort
with a transportation donation of the load to anywhere
in the United States. This industry’s generosity is amazing! Winship will use this money to support melanoma
research. Thanks to our runner up Queen Carla Penney
for attending this queen appearance for us!
Queen Jennifer is looking forward to representing the
Georgia Watermelon Association at the National Watermelon Association 2015 meeting in February in Palm
Springs, California. She will do an outstanding job for
us there, as she has all year long! Queen Jennifer is
compassionate, kind and has great respect for the people
of this industry and is a true advocate for watermelon.
GWA is very proud of all she has done for us, and we
look forward to supporting her in February!
As the year closes, we want to issue a special thanks
to all of our donors and sponsors for the 2014 promotional tour. Without your support, the association and
queen program would not continue to be the success
that it is today!
Samantha T. Kilgore
GWA Promotions Coordinator
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 Achieve-
ment Award. Mrs. Corliss Smith of Billy Smith’s Wa-
termelons 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 out-
standing 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 Mc-
Melon, Miss Amber Nolin of Enterprise, sponsored by
Billy Smith’s Watermelons, and Miss Jaime Minor of
Muscle Shoals, sponsored by Gulf Seed. Congratula-
tions 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.
Queen Jennifer at the Marine Corp Marathon Kids Run
Team Watermelon at Marine Corp Marathon!
So many samples at the Marine Corp Marathon
GWA Donation Visit with Runner Up Queen Carla Penney and
GWA Executive Director Charles Hall at Winship
Having fun and handing out watermelon at MCM.
GWA has been
blessed to have you
Runners Love Watermelon!
Great Job Queen Jennifer!
Loved having all of the Queens at this event!
We love our GWA Queen!
Ready to hand out Free Watermelon!
These kids loved
talking to the
Queens at the