Annual Convention

GWA Annual Convention

January 29 – 31, 2021 
King & Prince Resort  St. Simons Island, Georgia 


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2021 GWA Annual Conference

Schedule of Events

All events, times, topics are subject to change throughout the year and planning stages of the conference.
Friday, January 29, 2021
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 30, 2021

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.


15 Minute Break



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 31, 2021

Safe travels home!

Registration Information

Don't miss out on EARLY BIRD rate for all events.  Deadline for the discounted early bird rate will be announced later this year.  Don't forget to join as a new member or renew your membership to receive the discounted member rate!

Hotel Information

Reserve your room today at the King & Prince in St. Simons Island, GA.  Special rates for conference room block are $139/night for reservations made prior to 12-20-20.  Reservations can be made online at a later date or by calling 1-800-342-0212.

Sponsor / Exhibit / Advertise

Sponsorship, advertising and exhibitor opportunities are available for the 2021 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!

Check back later the link above will become active once online registration is open.

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

2021 GWA Queen Competition


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. The 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 scheduled 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 2022 National Watermelon Queen Competition, which will take place February February 23‐26, 2022 at Marriott Marquis, Times Square in New York City, New York!

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 21, 2020

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.  Online room reservation will be available at a later date.  

If rooms sell out at the King & Prince, please visit Homes2Suites or call (912) 638-0333.    


Friday Group Outing Activities

An off-Shore Fishing Expedition
THIS EVENT IS IN THE PLANNING STAGES.  Details will be posted at a later date.

Golf TournamentDetails will be posted at a later date.