Former Queens

Queen Contest

 Each year we hold our Illiana Watermelon Queen Contest at our annual Watermelon Convention.

After receiving training in Atlanta, Georgia with the National Watermelon Promotion Board, she will be busy attending the various promotions throughout the country.

We would love to visit your special occasion or promotion.

To book a promotion, call Lana Brothers, our promotions coordinator at 314-724-6305 or Email her here.

   IWA Queen Program

Each year we select a new IWA Watermelon Queen at our Annual Watermelon Convention from a slate of candidates from across our district.  She will become a Promotional Ambassador for our association for the upcoming year.  She will make appearances at Welcome Centers, County and State Fairs, Supermarkets, Parades, Festivals, Schools, TV Interviews, and many other functions as scheduled to promote the watermelon industry.  Upon completion of her tour as the Illiana Watermelon Queen, she will represent our chapter in competition for the title of National Watermelon Queen at the following year’s National Convention.

The Queen will Receive:
$3,500 Scholarship
$1,500 Wardrobe Allowance
Paid Promotional Appearances
Luggage Set along with various gifts from membership

The First Runner-Up will Receive:
$1,500 Scholarship

The Second Runner-Up will Receive:
$1,000 Scholarship

Miss Jubilee will Receive:
$500 Scholarship





Brilee Albrecht

Katie Ellermann

McKenzi McClain

Lindsey Hampton

2014 Emily Brown
2013 Briston Anderson
2012 Sidney Vieck 
2011 Sabra Brianne Boyd
2010 Sylvia Crowder
2009 Johnna Thompson
2008 Maggie Bailey
2007 Emily Frey
2006 Alexis Vice – Rauch
2005 Elizabeth Jane Coffman
2004 Megan Scott
2003 Marsha Lancaster – Heath
2002 April Bosecker – Smith
2001 Nicole Hageman – Fish
2000 Amanda Edwards – Dirks
1999 Brook Chattin
1998 Kristy Nowaskie – Cardinal
1997 Autumne Sorguis
1996 Betsy Snider – Couchenour
1995 Ramona Cabello – Hammelman
1994 Stephanie Rees-Snider
1993 Amy Conde
1992 Meredith Beery-Miller
1991 Melissa Moore-Szczesny

Queen Sample Tour


NWPB Queen Training

Day on the Farm

South Knox Elementary

Franklin Elementary

Little Shepherd Daycare


Lena Dunn Elementary

Washington DC

Farmer’s Market

Marsh Grand Opening

Old Oaken Days Parade

Linton 4th of July Parade

Vincennes 4th of July Parade

Marsh Food Show

Knox County Queen Pageant

Grower’s Coop Booth at Fair

Wine Taste at Indiana State Fair

Owensville Watermelon Festival

WFML/Blazer Radio Station

Kiwanis Club

Knox County Watermelon Festival

Indiana State Fair

Brownstown Watermelon Festival Parade

Indy Style

Kroger Grand Opening


Blue Jeans Festival Parade

Techumseh Harrison Elementary

Marine Corp Marathon – Washington D.C.


Vincennes Christmas Parade

WFML Radio

WFML Radio

Georgia Watermelon Association Convention

Channel 10 News

Fox 7 News

National Watermelon Convention

Channel 2 News

Queen Contestant Workshop

Ag Day

Illiana Watermelon Convention

You, too, can be a contestant!

Queen Contestant Application

Submit to:Lana Brothers


This is an application process and not a beauty contest, although how a candidate presents herself is an important part of representing our association.  If you think you or someone you know is interested in participating in our queen contest, you may contact Lorrinda Ellerman by sending an email to this link here.

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