Greetings from Alabama!
We are rolling out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed convention. Please join us at the
2017 Alabama Watermelon Association Convention on February 10th & 11th. This year’s convention will be held at the beautiful Beau Rivage
Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. For
more information please contact Marti Smith at
The 2016 Queen Tour has been very successful
and full of excitement! We ended our promotions this year with a bang. Starting with the
United Fresh Washington Conference in Washington, D.C., where Queen Madison witnessed
Then we were off to Orlando, FL for the annual
PMA trade show. Approximately 18,000 industry professionals from 60 countries attended the
Fresh Summit. What an amazing experience
and opportunity for Queen Madison to visit with
produce industry members from all over the
Lastly, we headed to Washington, DC for the
Marine Corp Marathon. During the race weekend we attended the Health & Fitness Expo and
handed out watermelon at the Kids Fun Run and
Marine Corp Marathon. This was one of the
busiest and most successful weekends of promo-
watermelon. I would like to thank the National
Watermelon Promotion Board for organizing
like to thank our sponsors for this promotion:
National Watermelon Association, NWPB, and
Mr. Don Hiller-The Class Produce Group.
Queen Madison and I look forward to seeing
you all at conventions and of course the National
Watermelon Association Convention in Lake
See you all soon,
Alabama Watermelon Association
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.
Contestants ready for opening number.
Contestants getting tips on the seed spit competition from Mr.
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.
© 2012 Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Watermelon lovers of all ages get to have watermelon at the
Marine Corp Marathon
GO TEAM WATERMELON
Katy Mae and
at the Florida
Roby was so kind to
spend time discussing
the future of farming
during our visit on
Queen Madison and Mr. Don Hiller of the Class Produce
Group during the Marine Corp Marathon.
Carla and Queen
Madison during the
PMA Fresh Summit
Queen Madison was
honored to meet the
current Miss America.
Marines at the
Kids Fun Run
MarDel Queen Amy
and Queen Madison
exploring all the fruits
and veggies at PMA
“There are not enough words to express how incredible my
year as the Alabama Watermelon Queen has been. It has taught
me so much about myself that I will appreciate for the rest of
my life. I have a new found respect for the farmers, their fami-
lies, and the rest of the companies that all make watermelons
possible.” -Madison Laney, 2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen
During the MCM Health and Fitness Expo these ladies got
to help friends and family of runners make cheer cards.
Jim Mastropietro and
Madison to the International Paper Booth
during the PMA Expo.
J Slice and
ready to cheer
on the children
at the Kids Fun