GA Watermelon Assoc Annual Meeting Jan 29 – Feb 1, 2009

Gary Cooper Georgia, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The Georgia Watermelon Association is currently making plans for their annual meeting and Watermelon Queen Contest to be held January 29 – February 1, 2009 at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club in Cordele, Georgia. The event offers exhibits, networking and recreational opportunities, and educational sessions designed to bring the most up-to-date and relevant information to the watermelon industry.

The meeting offers several informative educational sessions for watermelon production. Topics covered at this year’s meeting include Watermelon Fertilizer Study Results, Disease and Fumigation Update, and Handling Culled Watermelons. A Georgia Watermelon Association Meeting with Mitch Mitchell, President, will also be held. Continuing education credits are available.

Other special events are planned for the conference as well. On Friday afternoon a golf tournament will be held followed by a President’s Welcome Reception and Bar-B-Que at the Lakeside Pavilion. Following the educational sessions on Saturday the traditional Seed Spitting Contest by the Queen Contestants will be held. Saturday afternoon wraps up with a lunch buffet, live auction and reception. The event concludes Saturday evening with the much anticipated Watermelon Queen Contest and Dinner. The winner of the contest will represent Georgia’s watermelon industry and Association in over 50 promotions during her reign as Georgia Watermelon Queen. At each appearance she will educate the consumers and media of the nutritional and economical value of watermelons.

For more information contact Charles Hall, Executive Director, Georgia Watermelon Association, PO Box 2945, LaGrange, GA 30241-2945, phone 877-994-3842 or fax 706-883-8215 and e-mail .