On the Boardwalk we’ll be having some
watermelon fun! We would like to invite
you to join us at the 2016 Alabama Watermelon Association Convention on February 12th & 13th. This year’s convention
will be held at the beautiful Beau Rivage
Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
For more information please contact Marti
Smith at 352-463-6925 or marti_s_63@
The 2015 Queen Tour has been very successful and full of watermelon excitement!
This fall Queen Lenze volunteered with
the Pine Hills Literacy Project in Auburn.
She was able to read and work with children in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade that are
working to increase their proficiency in
Lastly, we headed to Washington, DC
for the Marine Corp Marathon. During
the race weekend we are able to tour The
United States Capitol Building, visit with
Alabama Representative Martha Roby,
join the USDA at the USDA Farmer’s
Market, work at the Health & Fitness
Expo, and hand out watermelon at the
Kids Fun Run and Marine Corp Marathon.
This was one of the busiest and most successful weekends of promotions. There
were approximately 30,000 runners and
we handed out thousands of cups filled
watermelon. I would like to thank the
National Watermelon Promotion Board for
organizing such a terrific promotion. In
addition, I would like to thank our sponsors for this promotion: National Watermelon Association, NWPB, and Mr. Don
Hiller-The Class Produce Group.
Queen Lenze and I look forward to seeing
you all at conventions and of course the
National Watermelon Association Convention in New Orleans.
See you all soon,
Alabama Watermelon Association
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.
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.
Texas Queen Kristin, Queen Lenze, and National Queen Emily
with the USDA runners team at the USDA Farmers Market
Queen Lenze sharing her account of the day on a local TV
Queen Lenze in front of The United States Capitol Building
Florida Queen Kelli, Queen Lenze, and Texas Queen Kristin
working hard at the finish line.
Illianna Queen Lindsey and Queen Lenze won’t let the rain
stop them from handing out watermelon at the race.
Queen Lenze, J Slice, and runners at the Kid’ss Fun Run.
Queen Lenze visiting with Representative Martha Roby. J Slice and Queen Lenze excited about watermelon!
These Marines and Queens were ready to start the Kid’s Fun
These ladies got to greet many of the runners at the Health and
These two little girls at the Pine Hills Literacy Project were so
excited to meet the Alabama Watermelon Queen.
What a wonderful opportunity to thank these Marines
for their service.