GWA Annual Convention
January 24 – 26, 2020
King & Prince Resort St. Simons Island, Georgia
- Schedule of Events
- Conference Registration/Hotel Information
- Queen Contest
- Other Information
|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|
7:30 - 8:15 AM
Educational Seminar - Retreat Room - Sausage Biscuits, Coffee, Juiced served.
Managing Fusarium Wilt and Other Soilborne Pests in Watermelon
15 Minute Break
Watermelon Research on Delmarva
How to be Prepared for a Wage and Hour Investigation
|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!
Sponsor / Exhibit / Advertise
Sponsorship, advertising and exhibitor opportunities are available for the 2020 GWA Annual Convention.
Sponsorship provides a high value, cost-effective way toyour 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.
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2020 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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the GWA office at 706‐845‐8575.
Deadline for Entry: December 20, 2019
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