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2019 Convention Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 51st Annual Florida Watermelon Association Annual Convention held January 10 -12 at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club! We had three days packed with networking and education, with a focus on food safety and H-2A. We kicked off with our annual golf tournament at the Vinoy Golf Club; congrats to the first place team of Bobby Barton, Craig Mathis, Jay Bellflower, and Doug Crawford.

It was a privilege to join together at our annual President’s Reception and Dance! For those who missed it - Rob and Kelli Gibson blew away the competition in the Watermelon shirt contest!

We would be remiss if we did not thank everyone who participated in our Auction which brought in over $261,000, including 19 donated loads and $21,000 in donations! We truly appreciate the generosity of our members and your commitment to sustaining the good work we are doing in the Florida watermelon industry.

We also want to once again congratulate and honor our award winners at the Saturday night banquet. Jody and Laura Land received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Mark Bryan of Super Sweet Farms received the Outstanding Service Award. Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to FWA.

The convention wrapped up ushering in our 2019 Florida Watermelon Queen: Avianna Liuzzo! Welcome Avianna and congratulations! We look forward to having you represent FWA in 2019.

Yet again, thank you to our 250 attendees! We hope to see everyone again January 16-18, 2020 in Sanibel!

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