Winter greetings from Texas! I hope you all have enjoyed your family and friends and have had a wonderful, blessed holiday season.
This past October and November were eventful for
Queen Kristin as she had the opportunity to go to
Washington, D.C. for the Marine Corps Marathon. It
began with the USDA booth at the farmer’s market.
From there Kristin went to the NWPB booth at the
health expo where she and the other girls visited with
people from all over. On Saturday, Kristin and the
other queens attended the Kid’s Run at the Pentagon,
and even though there was a little logistical problem
with the watermelon truck, the watermelon arrived and
was cut in time for the girls to pass it out, with much
appreciation from all those who attended. The girls also
enjoyed cheering the children on as they ran. It was
a little chilly, but a great time was had by all. Sunday
was the day of the marathon and though it started out
wet and dreary, it was still a wonderful day and the
runners were grateful to receive the delicious watermelon from some beautiful queens at the end of their
The next occasion for the Texas Watermelon Association and Queen Kristin was our 5oth annual convention
which was held in McAllen, Texas at the Doubletree
Suites. Our President, Mr. Jeff Fawcett, did an excellent job of planning everything. It started with a casual
reception on Thursday called “Boots, Beer, and BBQ”
at Sophie’s Saloon. Friday was the day for our guest
speakers, seed spit, dinner, auction and dance which
were all well attended and also a lot of fun. Saturday
was our final day and the members got to know more
about our six queen contestants. They were Miss Madeline Cash from Childress, Texas, Miss Victoria McGee
from McAllen, Texas, Miss Emily Heissler from San
Augustine, Texas, Miss Taylor Pemelton from La Feria,
Texas, Miss Makensie Anderson from Denison, Texas
and Miss Amy Permenter from Shelbyville, Texas.
They were all beautiful girls and did a wonderful job
with their speeches, impromptu question, promotion
wear competition, interviews and evening gown competition. Saturday evening started at McAllen Country
Club with a wonderful dinner and the evening gown
competition. When the results were finally announced,
the second runner up was Miss Taylor Pemelton. The
first runner-up was Miss Madeline Cash, and crowned
as our new 2016 Texas Watermelon Queen was Miss
Makensie Anderson. I look forward to getting to know
her and to see her grow as our Texas representative.
For the time being Kristin will be preparing for the
National Convention in New Orleans and we both hope
to see many of our members there to support her. We
would again like to thank Wiggins Farms, Warren Produce, and Nowell Borders Companies, our wonderful
queen sponsors. Without you this year would not have
With fond regards,
Barbara Duda TWA Coordinator
Who doesn’t love getting pictures with men in uniform?
Some of the queen contestants were trying the seed spit for the
Grateful runners getting hydrated with watermelon
Kristin and the other queens kept the smiles going for the
Amy Permenter, Emily Heissler, Taylor Pemelton and
Passing on the crown
Nice hat, Jimmy!
Kristin and Emily enjoyed the visit with the USDA folks. Our lovely contestants worked hard and kept smiling.
Even the wet weather couldn’t keep them down.
Miss Wanda had
fun at the casino
games! So glad
All the state beauties took time for some pictures at the
Second runner-up, Taylor Pemelton, First runner-up, Madeline
Cash, and the 2016 Texas Watermelon Queen, Makensie
Anderson- Congratulations all!
A really good seed spitter, Ava Everage, can even do it while
holding her purse!
Contestants Amy Permenter, Makensie Anderson, Taylor
Pemelton, Emily Heissler, Victoria McGee, and Madeline Cash
in their promotion wear