Greetings from Texas!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and a
Happy New Year. Since the last letter Kendall and I took
a trip to Washington D.C. for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. It was a wonderful event starting with
the Kids Fun Run where Kendall and the other queens
handed out watermelon to all the participants and all
their families. The watermelon was delicious and greatly
appreciated. The children had a great time, and we certainly got a dose of what it was all about when I noticed
a little boy in a blue shirt that said, “I run for Daddy.” It
said the date and place of the man’s death as he served
our country. Later we found out that anyone wearing a
blue shirt was running for someone they had lost. It was
a sobering moment, but it was also nice to know that we
could be there to say, “Thank you” to the military members and their families that were present. The marathon,
5K and 10K were on Sunday and it was also a great day
where we handed out about nineteen thousand packages
of watermelon. Stephanie Barlow and the NWPB team
did an awesome job of coordinating everything, and of
course, the thousands of runners were very happy to see
the queens at the finish with refreshing watermelon.
In November, the Texas Watermelon Association had its
annual convention at the Renaissance Casa De Palmas
Hotel in McAllen, Texas. Friday night we had a successful auction, then there was dinner and dancing during
which everyone enjoyed themselves. The next evening
was the big event at McAllen Country Club where we
had dinner, the evening gown competition, and a casino
where everyone could play games and have the chance
to win great prizes. It was a fun, memorable evening for
all who attended. Of course the morning began with our
competition for choosing the 2015 Texas Watermelon
Queen. After speeches, the promotion wear competition,
interviews and the evening gown competition our judges
had made their decision. The 2015 Texas Watermelon
Queen is Kristin Valadez. Her hometown is Mission,
Texas, though she now resides in College Station. She
is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in
Animal Science. She is planning on getting her master’s
degree in Occupational Therapy. She currently works
at the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living as a
health and fitness facilitator. Kristin is looking forward
to the exciting year ahead as our Texas queen. She and I
both want to thank this year’s sponsors: Wiggins Wholesale, Nowell Borders Companies, and Warren Produce.
Also, we would like to thank Texas Farm Credit for
the scholarships given to all the girls who participated.
Without these wonderful people, the coming year would
not be possible.
Queen Kendall was ready for the Kids Fun Run!
A group of children getting ready to run
A shirt that broke my heart- kids wore blue for loved ones lost.
Kendall and the other beauties in front of the Washington
working the auction
Queen contestants presenting their promotion wear
Kendall, Brandi, Breanna, Brooke and the other queens went
on an open bus tour of D.C.
sign for runners
Cheering on a runner
2nd Runner-up, Shyanna Hooper, Queen Kristin, and
1st Runner-up, Anali Diaz
Stephanie Barlow and the queens in front of the Kids Fun Run
Ready to pass out lots of delicious watermelon!
Jeff and Dina Fawcett
enjoyed the evening.
Kendall and Brandi