Mark your calendars and make
your plans to attend the National Watermelon Convention
in New Orleans, Louisiana
February 25-27, 2016. Great
food, fun and fellowship. We
will look for you there!
In an effort to utilize our space
and to get as many of our
National Watermelon Queen’s
amazing promotions in as
possible, I will showcase our
great sponsors and the photos
only this issue. We would like
to thank Emily Brown, our
National Queen for the fantastic job she has done for us
this year so far, we are looking forward to several more
promotions before convention.
To our faithful and fantastic
sponsors that make the tour
possible, Emily and I thank
you for making it possible.
Special thanks to the following
sponsors for these successful
Thrifty Foods, Victoria,
British Columbia; NWPB
Maryland & Delaware areas,
Festival, Jackson Farming
and Sun Fresh Farms;
Kroger Grand Opening
Land Watermelon Sales,
Leger & Son
Kroger Leadership Summit,
Cincinnati, Ohio; the Kroger
Marine Corp Marathon,
Washington DC; NWA
Fresh Produce of the
America’s, Nogales, Arizona;
North County Fruit Sales,
Cactus Melon, Big Chuy,
and Giumarra Nogales
Thank you to each of you!
Eleanor T Bullock
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
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.
Next Stop Giant in Rehoboth, where Watermelon Ruled
Thanks to Melon1 for the delicious lunch and visits
Emily enjoys the handsome Chastain twins at the
Melon 1 office
Thanks to the Delaware Department of Ag, and the these girls,
Scot and Caitlin proudly show off little Miss Kendall, thank
you both for an excellent promotion
Back with our NC Watermelon and Mar-Del Watermelon
friends in Carytown
Interviews for both ladies, what a busy event!
Kroger team at
Emily at The
Crab Feast in
All the girls at the Laurel Auction Market in Laurel, DE
Sheila Carden, NWPB
Retail Rep visits our
booth in Richmond for
Watermelon Rules in Carytown
Special thanks to this group for your support at the annual
auction at the block!
The girls at Whole Foods in Annapolis, Maryland,
thank you Mar-Del!
Another happy Thrifty shopper
Emily was welcomed warmly
On the air at
perfect one for
Emily and a happy Thrifty Foods shopper in
Boardwalk promotion at Rehoboth Beach Delaware
Michael Mockler, Produce Merchandiser for Thrifty Foods
was our escort for the day