Watermelon Greetings from Florida!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Queen Kelli and I have been busy these last few months in the
fall promoting our Florida Watermelons. In August, we attended the Mar-Del National Queen Tour, a week full of promoting
watermelons from local grocery stores, packing houses, the
Laurel auction market, Rehoboth Board Walk, radio stations,
and the 71st Annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Festival. Thanks
to Bob Gibson with Gibson Produce & Watermelon Sales for
sponsoring us and the Mar-Del Watermelon Association for
having us at the National Queen Tour promotion.
For the month of October, Queen Kelli and I went to Marine
Corp. Marathon in Washington D.C. along with other state
chapter Queens, Coordinators and National Watermelon Queen
Emily and Eleanor. Thanks to the staff at the NWPB for helping and setting up this event. Also thanks to Don Hilliard with
Class Produce Group for packaging the watermelons. A special
thank you to the National Watermelon Association for helping sponsor this event. Special thank you to our Past Queen’s
Brandi and Meagan for filling in on a double promotion, this
month at PMA in Atlanta. Thank you to Jim Rash, Inc. for
sponsoring us and letting them be a part of your booth at PMA.
A busy month of November was filled with watermelon events
starting off by serving slices of watermelons at the Florida/
Vanderbilt football game with Chef Justin with the Dept. of
Agriculture. Thanks to our incoming President Laura Land and
our Past Queen Meagan Morgan for helping in this huge event
and Melon 1for donating the watermelons. From there, that
evening, Queen Kelli and I traveled south to Desoto Speedway to cut and pass out watermelons slices at the race track.
Congratulations to #36 Driver Chad Chastain for winning the
Pro Truck Championship race. Then, on the next weekend,
Queen Kelli and I were on the road to the FSU/North Carolina
State football game along with Chef Justin handing out slices
of watermelons to all the football fans. Thanks to Four Star
Watermelons for donating watermelons! Then, the following
weekend Queen Kelli and I were off to Homestead Miami
Speedway along with National Watermelon Queen Emily and
National Coordinator Eleanor Bullock supporting our Infinity
Driver #4 Ross Chastain. All the race car fans enjoyed eating
a slice of watermelon from our home State of Florida. The
watermelons for this promotion were donated by C & L Packing. We are very proud of Ross this season not only being a
Nascar Infinity Driver but also promoting Florida watermelons
on the race track. We want to wish Ross and Chad good luck
next year on the track. On behalf of The Florida Watermelon
Association and the board members we would like to wish
Queen Kelli good luck as she competes for the 2016 National
Watermelon Queen Title in February in New Orleans, Louisiana. Queen Kelli has represented our association with over
100 plus promotions this year. In the next Vineline issue I will
be covering more promotions that Queen Kelli has been busy
doing this year.
Debra Harrison - Florida Watermelon Promotion Coordinator
Cellular: (863) 633-8306 email: email@example.com
This year as the Florida Watermelon Queen has been an amazing experience full of opportunities I would never experienced
otherwise. I’m so thankful I was blessed with this opportunity
this year and I would like to thank my association and wonderful sponsors for making all of this possible. As Ms. Debra and
I take the next step in my journey towards National we go with
full hearts and happy minds for the good year we have had
2015 Florida Watermelon Queen Kelli Wilder
A fun day at the Marine Corp Marathon Expo!
2014 Past Queen Meagan Morgan having fun at PMA in
Atlantic. Thanks Jim Rash, Inc.
at the starting line at the “Marine Corp Marathon 2015”.
Kelli, Lindsey, Carla enjoying the sights of Washington D.C.
our beautiful queens with the Marines at the
Marine Corp Marathon.
Tailgate with the Dept. of Ag at the FSU game.
Queen Kelli and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
visiting at the airport.
Queen Kelli visiting
with Bobby Barton
at the New York
Congratulations #36 Chad Chastain for bringing home the
Gator football fans enjoying slices of watermelons.
Thanks Kim Coker with the Dept. of Ag for all you do.
Queen Kelli and Ross visiting at his final race of the season in
for sponsoring us.
A fun day
at the Marine Corp