Annual Convention

GWA Annual Convention

January 24 – 26, 2020 
King & Prince Resort  St. Simons Island, Georgia 


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2020 GWA Annual Conference

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 24, 2020
10:00 AM Exhibit Set Up - The Delegal Room
10:00 - 11:00 AM GWA Board of Directors Meeting - Retreat Room
12:30 PM Golf - King & Prince Golf Course - Register with GWA Office - Shotgun Start
12:30 PM Charter Fishing Trip - Boat departs at 1:00 PM and will be on the water for 4 hours.  
1:30 PM Queen Orientation - Room 202/204
7:00 PM President's Welcome Reception and Dinner - Lanier Ballroom
Saturday, January 25, 2020

7:00 AM

7:30 - 8:15 AM

8:30 - 9:15 AM

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Educational Seminar - Retreat Room - Sausage Biscuits, Coffee, Juiced served.

Managing Fusarium Wilt and Other Soilborne Pests in Watermelon
Josh Freeman, University of Florida

15 Minute Break

Watermelon Research on Delmarva
Gordon Johnson, University of Delaware

How to be Prepared for a Wage and Hour Investigation
Larry Benjamin, USDOL, WHD

10:30 - 11:00 AM Georgia Watermelon Association Annual Business Meeting - Rob Greene, President, Presiding
11:30 AM Seed Spitting Contest - Beachside Lawn (weather permitting)
12:15 PM Lunch Buffet - GWA Live Auction - Lanier Ballroom
6:00 PM Reverse Ticket Raffle/Drawing - CASH Bar - The Delegal Room
7:00 PM Banquet/Watermelon Queen Pageant - Lanier Ballroom
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Safe travels home!

Registration Information

Register today and receive the EARLY BIRD rate for all events.  Don't forget to join as a new member or renew your membership to receive the discounted member rate!

CLICK HERE to Register Online!

Mail-In Conference Registration Form (PDF)

Hotel Information

Reserve your room today at the King & Prince in St. Simons Island, GA.  Special rates for conference room block are $134/night for reservations made prior to 12-28-19.  Reservations can be made online by clicking on the button below or by calling 1-800-342-0212.

CLICK HERE to Make a Reservation

Sponsor / Exhibit / Advertise

Sponsorship, advertising and exhibitor opportunities are available for the 2020 GWA Annual Convention. 

Sponsorship provides a high value, cost-effective way to feature your organization.  Exhibiting and advertising opportunities are also a great way to connect with attendees.  Make a personal network with attendees by reserving your booth space today.  With program advertising you can promote your brand in the on-site program booklet.  Various sizes and placements are available to fit your desired look and price point. 

Click on the buttons below to learn more about these benefits for you to connect with your audience to promote your business or product!

CLICK HERE to Register as a Sponsor/Exhibitor/Advertiser!

Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Exhibitor Form (PDF)
Advertising Form (PDF)

2020 GWA Queen Competition

2019 GWA Queen The Georgia Watermelon Association Queen Program is an outstanding opportunity for you to grow, be challenged, travel and excel as an ambassador for the association. This queen program is a part of the overall effort of the Georgia Watermelon Association to increase sales and awareness for the state’s watermelon production.

The Queen spends the year traveling to cities across Georgia and the nation, informing consumers in supermarkets, fairs and festivals of the nutritional benefits and economical value of watermelon. The Queen is available for media appearances, in‐store promotions, fairs, festivals or functions where watermelon is featured.  You will be expected to participate in 30‐40 promotions throughout the state and nation. Some of these will be prescheduled far in advance, some will be short notice.

After reigning and serving for a year as at the state level, the GWA Queen will be required to participate in the 2021 National Watermelon Queen Competition, which will take place February February 17‐20, 2021 at Caesar’s Palace in   Las Vegas, Nevada!

There is no cost to compete in this queen program contest. Contestants should expect to be sharing a room.  The only people allowed in contestants rooms will be other competing individuals/roommates, the Queen Coordinator, and past GA watermelon queens.

For more information contact Dawn Cheplick, GWA Promotion Coordinator, or call the GWA office at 706‐845‐8575.

Deadline for Entry:  December 20, 2019

CLICK HERE to Apply Online!

Queen Contest Application (PDF)

Other Information

King & Prince Resort

Hotel Reservations

Call the King & Prince, conference host hotel at 1-800-342-0212 to make your hotel accommodations or click here for online reservations.  

If rooms sell out at the King & Prince, please visit Homes2Suites.  They are a new property on the island and not far from the the host property.  They are offering a group rate of ________ and this rate includes free breakfast.


Friday Group Outing Activities

Liquid Asset Fishing - An off-Shore Fishing Expedition - Participants will board the boats at 12:30 PM on Friday and will return to the docks at 5:00 PM.  Boats will include snacks and beverages.  The staff at Liquid Asset will filet your catch for an extra fee.  Space is limited so REGISTER TODAY.

Click to register online

$180 - Early Bird Rate
$210 - Late Rate