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    Watermelon Growers Work to Produce a Sweet Crop with Good Texture

    By:  Clint Thompson, UGA    Julie Jernigan, UGA Posted April 2, 2018 In Georgia, it’s planting season for watermelons.  Usually, they aspire to produce high yields of a sweet crop, but they shouldn’t ignore firmness and texture, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable Horticulturist. “Sweetness is a major component to watermelons, […]

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    GWA Thanks our 2018 Platinum Sponsors

    The Georgia Watermelon Association would like to thank Harrell’s, Gibson Produce, International Paper, Melon 1 Inc, C&L Packing and Border Melons East for being our 2018 Platinum Sponsors. A special thank you goes out to these organizations. If you would like to learn more about these fine companies please visit their websites below.

  • GWA Promotions

    GWA Plans Big Promotions for the Year

    Georgia Watermelon Association’s purpose is watermelon promotion from production to consumption. Promotions can vary from our watermelon queens making appearances and talking at functions, to providing informative links about watermelon and the watermelon industry and sharing interesting watermelon recipes with all of our fans. To Learn more about GWA’s Marketing Program, Click Here.

Calendar of Events

2017 Promotional Year A Great Success

Georgia Watermelon Association Promotions Calendar

To schedule a queen appearance at your retailer’s location, local event or school,
contact Dawn Cheplick at the GWA Office – 706-845-8575 or email Dawn Cheplick.

Here is everything we’ve done so far in 2017:


  •  Exhibit at Farm Day at Dooly County Elementary School
  •  Georgia Ag Week
  • Ag Awareness Week at Lee County Primary School
  • Commerce Primary School
  • Farm Day – Jeff Davis Fairgrounds

April 1

  • Cooper River Bridge Run & In-Store Visits – Charleston SC
  • Queen Training with NWPB, Atlanta GA
  • Flint Riverquarium


  • Sutherland Food Show
  • Warren Technical School
  • Smith Barnes Elementary
  • Thomson McDuffie School
  • Claxton Elementary Ag Day
  • Walmart Grand Re-Opening, Cordele GA


  • GWA Farm Visits
  • WSST – Cordele
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
  • Kings Bay Naval Base Healthy Lifestyle Event
  • Ross Chastain NasCar Race, Iowa
  • Cordele Watermelon Days Festival & Parade
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • Kroger Stores, Newnan and Peachtree City GA


  • Atl & Co. TV Segment/ Fresh Market – Atlanta
  • Chic-fil-A Headquarters
  • Longo’s Promotional Blitz – Toronto
  • Fort Benning Commissary


  • Mar-Del National Watermelon Queen Tour
  • FFA Mud Run
  • Marietta Schools


  • Farm Day in the Fall – Tift County Schools


  • PMA Fresh Summit New Orleans
  • Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC


January 26-28, 2018 – GWA Annual Convention in St. Simons Island

Upcoming NWA Conventions

2018 – Nashville, TN
2019 – Hawaii

Watermelon Feta Bites/Watermelon Water

Watermelon Feta Bites Images provided by kira-marie Southern summers mean it’s watermelon time! From toddlers to seniors, everyone can enjoy this juicy, cooling treat.  At just one year of age, Marlow’s favorite snack is chunks of watermelon.  I love watermelon juice, and we all enjoy watermelon infused water.  To celebrate the end of watermelon season, […]

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Watermelon Mint Lemonade Sorbet

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Sorbet Images provided by jamonkey Remember how I said I was going to be using my new ice cream maker like crazy?  Well, I have!  I thought the best way to end Summer would be with a pile of Georgia Watermelon.  This summer I’ve been obsessed with the watermelon mint lemonade, I’ve […]

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Watermelon Caprese Salad

Image provided by Darling Down South Watermelon Caprese Salad Blog post by Darling Down South on August 22, 2017 It is finally upon us the height of summer and we’re all draping ourselves in front of air conditioning units and lingering a bit longer in the stores with the coldest A/C in town.  I can’t […]

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