Annual Convention

2021 GWA Annual Convention - CANCELLED

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


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2021 GWA Annual Conference-CANCELLED

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.  
7:00 PM President's Welcome Reception and Dinner - Atlantic Court - New Outside Venue

Coastal Seafood Buffet - Clam Chowder, Mixed Garden Salad Greens with Dressing, Broccoli and Bacon Salad, Southern Style Cole Slaw, Low Country Boil, (Wild Georgia Shrimp with Smoked Sausage, Corn, Potatoes and Onions, Fried Catfish with Remoulade on White Cheddar Grits & Collard Greens, Fried Shrimp and Oyster Baskets, Hushpuppies, Tartar and Cocktail Sauces, Pecan Crusted Breast of Chicken with Peach Chutney, RedBliss Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Biscuits and Cornbread with Butter, Cherry Cheesecake, S'mores, Key Lime Pie and Banana Fosters Shots, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea
Saturday, January 30, 2021

7:00 AM

7:30 - 8:15 AM

8:30 - 9:15 AM

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Educational Seminar - Lanier Ballroom - Sausage Biscuits, Coffee, Juiced served.

Due to cancellation of the 2021 Convention, the GWA office will be distributing all Educational Program Presentations to the membership.  Expect to receive a package by Mid-February.

Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia - Watermelon Weed Control Update

15 Minute Break

Andre da Silva, University of Georgia - Watermelon  Management:  The Impact of Cultivar and Proper Irrigation and Fertilizer Application

Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia - Use of Pic-clor 60 and Fungicides in Managing Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Georgia Watermelon Association Annual Business Meeting - Rob Greene, President, Presiding

NWPB District 2 Nomination Meeting

11:30 AM Seed Spitting Contest - Beachside Lawn (weather permitting)
12:15 PM

Lunch Buffet - GWA Live Auction - Atlantic Court - New Outside Venue

The Southern Buffet - White Bean and Collard Green Soup, Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade Sauce, Wedge Salad, Mixed Garden Salad Greens, BBQ Pulled Pork with Slider Buns, Wild GA Shrimp and Grits, Southern Style Fried Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Southern Succotash, Assorted Roll With Butter, Peach Cobbler, Pecan Pie and Banana Bread Pudding, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea

6:00 PM Reverse Ticket Raffle/Drawing - CASH Bar - Atlantic Court 
7:00 PM Banquet/Awards Dinner - Atlantic Court

Plated Dinner - House Salad with Ranch Dressing, Petite Filet with Red Wine Demi, Haricot Vert, Fingerling Potatoes, Dinner Rolls and Butter, New York Style Cheesecake, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Safe travels home!


2021 GWA Annual Meeting & Conference

Thank you for supporting the 2021 GWA Annual Meeting through your registration.  Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Georgia, the GWA Board of Directors have made the decision to cancel the 2021 GWA Annual Meeting and Conference.  We hope you understand that keeping our attendees, staff and community safe is very important to us.

If you have submitted payment for registrations, sponsorship, exhibit space or ad placement, please contact Dawn Cheplick at (706) 845-8575 or

Here are three options to below regarding your refund:

  1. Donate your registration fees to the 2021 GWA Charity - Paul Anderson Youth Home.  Annually, the GWA gives funds raised from a load donation to a local charity. The 2021 Annual Charity Load Donation will be given to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a home providing rehabilitation for troubled young men.  
  2. Donate your registration fee to GWA for operation funds.  Your registration fee will help support research, promotions and other programs.
  3. Request a refund for your registration, less the cost of your annual GWA membership.  (Many registrations include your membership renewal; the association will keep that amount in order to continue your membership and support of the GWA.)

As an attendee of this event, all participants  acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that they may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the Georgia Watermelon Conference and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent  disability, and death. All attendees voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including, but not limited to,  personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my participation in GWA programming (“Claims”). Conference attendees hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the Association, their employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages,  costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

Registration Information

Don't miss out on EARLY BIRD rate for all events.  Deadline for the discounted early bird rate is January 4, 2021! To receive the discounted member rate, you must join as a new member or renew your membership.
CLICK HERE to Register Online!

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Hotel Information

Due to CANCELLATION of the GWA Convention, all reserved rooms within the Group Room Block have been cancelled.  If you wish to reserve a room, you will need to call the King and Price at 1-800-342-0212 and make a NEW reservation.

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 and how you can connect with your audience to promote your business or product!

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

2020-2021 GWA Queen - Lindsey Westberry

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There will not be a 2021 Queen Competition at the national and state level has been cancelled.  With the cancellation of the Queen Contest at the 2021 GWA Annual Meeting, Queen Lindsey Westberry, will serve as the association ambassador for a consecutive year in 2021.

After reigning and serving at the state level in 2021, the GWA Queen will be required to participate in the 2022 National Watermelon Queen Competition, which will take place February 23‐26, 2022 at Marriott Marquis, Times Square in New York City, New York!

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.

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

Please visit this page later next year for information regarding
the 2022 GWA Queen Competition.

Other Information

King & Prince Resort

Hotel Reservations

Due to CANCELLATION of the GWA Convention, all reserved rooms within the Group Room Block have been cancelled.  If you wish to reserve a room, you will need to call the King and Price at 1-800-342-0212 and make a NEW reservation.




All Friday Group Outing Activities - CANCELLED