The cooler temperatures of the season here in North
Carolina have not stopped Queen Carmen from pro-
moting watermelon at many events across the state
We had a great time at the Marine Corp Marathon
and once again it was a huge success for watermelon.
Thanks so much to the NWPB, the NWA and Class
Produce for making it happen. All of the state queen
enjoyed seeing the sights and promoting watermelon
in Washington, DC. Our promotions at the marathon
kicked off with the MCM Health & Fitness Expo.
All the queens were on deck sharing the positive
watermelon message with the runners and distribut-
ing watermelon recipes and nutritional information.
Saturday was the Kids Fun Run. Queen Carmen had
the opportunity to interact with hundreds of kids and
even cheer them on as they ran in the races. Then
lots of the kids and their families came by our tent for
watermelon slices and coloring. All the queens and J
Slice were very popular at this event. Sunday was
the big marathon day which started with few scattered
showers, but team watermelon was not bothered by a
little rain! Thanks to Stephanie we all had matching
t-shirts so we made a huge positive statement for watermelon from the moment we left the hotel. Everyone worked very hard throughout the day to distribute
the thousands of samples to the marathon runners and
they loved them. I can’t imagine a more impactful
promotion for watermelon!
Ingles Market opened a brand new store in Candler, NC
and Queen Shelby was on hand to meet customers and
answer their questions about watermelon. It was a wonderful event with lots of consumers coming to shop in
the beautiful new store. Thanks to Mr. Jim Ray and all
the Ingles family for having us be a part of the event.
The NC State Fair is one of the largest agriculture fairs
in the country, so Queen Carmen was invited to help
represent NC Agriculture during the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 NC State Fair. Also in attendance
was Senator Brent Jackson, NCWA board member and
watermelon grower from eastern NC. The ceremony
kicked off twelve days of one of the most successful
fairs in history.
A fun event we do each year is the Food Lion Family
picnic in Salisbury, NC. Thousands of Food Lion employees come together for the day to enjoy the food and
fun of the festival. Despite the rain, Carmen had a great
day sampling watermelon and meeting everyone.
Percy Bunch and Mr. Gordon Etheridge on their induc-
tion into the NWA Hall of Fame. We look forward to
seeing everyone in New Orleans at the convention.
NCWA Promotions Coordinator
Queen Shelby along with Ingles Markets Owner Robert Ingles
and President Jim Lanning at the store Grand Opening in
NC Senator Brent Jackson and Queen Carmen at the NC State
Fair. Flat Stanley was also on hand for the event.
2015 NC State Fair Opening Ceremony. Queen Carmen and
NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler cutting the
This large watermelon slice welcomes everyone to the
Winterville Watermelon Festival
Watermelon Queens and Marines at the MCM Kids Fun Run
Queen Carmen, Kenneth Todd and Don Hiller at the MCM.
We were excited to see our watermelon friend Kenneth Todd
of Food Lion competing in the marathon!
MCM Kids Fun Run at
Queens getting psyched up for the MCM Kids Fun Run.
Queen Carmen enjoying making new friends at the Winterville
Watermelon Festival in Winterville, NC
Fun Day at the Food Lion Family Picnic in Salisbury, NC
despite the rain.
MCM runners were glad to have our watermelon to help them
rehydrate after the race.
Shelby sharing watermelon with Ingles shoppers.
Florida Queen Kelli and Carmen distributing watermelon at
the Marine Corp Marathon
National Queen Emily, Carmen and Texas Queen Kristin at the
MCM Health & Fitness Expo
J Slice and Car-
the kids at the