• Platinum Sponsors

    GWA Thanks our 2017 Platinum Sponsors

    The Georgia Watermelon Association would like to thank Gibson Produce, International Paper, Melon 1 Inc, C&L Packing and Border Melons East for being our 2016 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

We are ramping up for 2017 Promotions!  Stay tuned!

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 2016:


  • Harvey’s Retailers Meet and Greet – Tifton Conference Center
  •  Exhibit at Farm Day at Dooly County Elementary School
  •  Ag Awareness Day at the Capitol
  • Ag Awareness Week at Lee County Primary School
  • Quitman Elementary School
  • J Davis Fairgrounds

April 1

  • Feed My School Week – Jackson County Elementary
  • Lowndes Middle School
  • Cooper River Bridge Run & In-Store Visits – Charleston SC
  •  Queen Training with NWPB, Orlando FL
  • Echols County High School & Lowndes Elem. Kindergarten
  • Cook Elementary School
  •  N. Brooks Elementary


  •  Furlow Charter School
  • Sutherland Food Show
  • WMAZ Macon, Bibb County Ag Day
  • Ag Awareness Day – Pearson Elementary
  • Ag Awareness Day – Thomson McDuffie Middle School
  • Claxton Elementary Ag Expo
  • Publix – Tifton & Valdosta
  • Georgia Farm Bureau Meeting


  • WALB & Harveys – Albany
  • WSST & Harveys – Cordele
  • GWA Member Farm Tours
  •  SE Grocers-Unveiling of Commitment to Local Sourcing Policy
  • Rock Eagle Summer Camp
  • Cordele Watermelon Days Festival & Parade
  •  Longo’s Promotional Blitz – Toronto
  • Publix Albany & Albany Marine Corp Logistics Base


  •  Atl & Co. TV Segment/ Fresh Market – Atlanta
  •  Moody AFB Commissary
  •  Fort Stewart, Hunter AFB Commissaries
  • Kings Bay Commissary
  • ‘Watermelon Month’ Celebration – Fulton County Library
  •  Youth World Barrel Racing Championship, Perry Ga
  •  Fort Benning Commissary


Mar-Del National Watermelon Queen Tour


Farm Day in the Fall – Tift County Schools


PMA Fresh Summit Orlando

October 28-30

Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC


Savannah Food & Wine Festival

January 27-29, 2017 – GWA Annual Convention in St. Simons Island

Upcoming NWA Conventions

2017 – N. Lake Tahoe. NV
2018 – Nashville, TN

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad Serves 6-8 Ingredients 1 (5 pound) watermelon, cubed 1/2 cups feta cheese, crumbled 6 mint sprigs, stems removed, chopped; extra mint leaves for garnish tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Directions Place watermelon and feta in a large (serving) bowl. In […]

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Grilled Watermelon Salsa

Grilled Watermelon Salsa

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALSA 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 tsp. ground chipotle chile 1 1/2 lb. watermelon, sliced 3/4 inch thick Kosher salt 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup chopped English cucumber 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro 1 Tbs. chopped shallot 1/2 medium serrano, seeded and chopped 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice Prepare […]

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Watermelon Salad

Cool Watermelon Salad

INGREDIENTS 4 cups seeded and cubed red watermelon 4 cups seeded and cubed yellow watermelon 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon lime zest 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 cup Pickled Watermelon Rind 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon seeded and thinly sliced […]

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