Happy Holidays from everyone at the Georgia Wa-
termelon Association! This year has been a blast!
The 2016 GWA Convention is returning to St. Simons Island, GA and will be held at the King &
Prince Golf Resort January 29-31! This weekend
will be packed with exciting opportunities including educational sessions, receptions and a live and
silent auction! Join us to kick off the 2016 watermelon season with food and fellowship! For more
information about the weekend’s events, call our
office at 706-845-8575.
Our Georgia Watermelon Queen Carla Penney was
busy this fall attending several industry events and
giving testimony to the goodness of watermelon!
Queen Carla was honored to attend and participate
in the Marine Corp Marathon promotional weekend
in Washington D.C. with the National Watermelon
Promotion Board, the NWA and several other state
queens for a jam packed and successful promotion!
This amazing team handed out more than 38,000
cups of watermelon to marathon runners! Thank
you to NWA for the travel sponsorships and the
NWPB for their coordination. While Queen Carla
was working hard in Washington, D.C., the GWA
2015 Runner up Queen Andi Dickerson represented
Georgia’s industry at PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you Queen Andi for representing
Also this fall, Queen Carla has been very active in
visiting schools and spreading the word about nu-
tritious and delicious watermelon! She attended an
Ag Day in Bleckley County, and spoke to kids ages
5-15 at Fullington Academy in Cordele, Georgia
about what it meant to be the watermelon queen
and represent agriculture. These kids loved learning
how to pick out a watermelon in the store!
Queen Carla is looking forward to representing the
Georgia Watermelon Association at the National
Watermelon Association 2016 meeting in February
in New Orleans, Louisiana She will do an outstanding job for us there, as she has all year long! Queen
Carla is passionate about watermelon and the people within this industry and has worked very hard to
be a great representative for us all year long! 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
2015 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
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.
Having a great time with the kids!
Bleckley County Students #eatmorewatermelon!
Queen Carla talks to students at Fullington Academy about the
benefits of watermelon.
Coloring watermelon at the Kids Fun run!
Excited to be at
the Marine Corp
Thanks to 2015
Runner up Andi
With the other state queen as the Marine Corp Marathon Kids
with Representative Buddy
R-Cordele) at the
Cordele Christmas Parade!
With the NWPB folks at the Fitness Festival in
schools how to
pick out the perfect watermelon!