Our growers just plain know how to grow watermelon”.

Maybe, it’s because of our rich sandy soil.  It could be our mild summer climate.  Possibly, it is because our harvest comes during the longest days of the summer (Ole Sol kisses our melons longer than any other temperate zone).

Or yet, another local legend is —

The truth is, we believe all of these contribute to making our watermelon, the most mouthwatering and sweetest watermelon in the world.

We invite you to browse our web pages and discover the tender loving care we put into each watermelon we grow and just how much fun we have promoting our delicious juicy fruit.

Watermelon Queen Program

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 2017 Illiana Watermelon Association Convention Information

Convention Agenda

Convention Agenda

Illiana Watermelon Association

29th Annual Convention March 9-11, 2018

Registrations must be made by February 15

Registration Form

Registration Form

Illiana Watermelon Association

29th Annual Convention Registration Form

Registrations by February 15 to avoid higher price!!

Children 10 and under: free

Sponsorship/Advertising Program

Sponsorship/Advertising Program

Sponsorship/Advertising can compliment your marketing plan.

All convention support(program advertising, brochure sponsor, scholarship sponsors, all event sponsors, exhibit booth participants) will be tallied to determine your company’s level of recognition.

Return by February 15, 2018

Discover

Discover

How we grow our tasty watermelon.

From the planting of the seed to packaging, we put TLC into every melon we ship.

Food Safety

Food Safety

Food Safety Audit and Cost-Share Application

 

Audit Cost-Sharing program for IWA members who receive passing scores on their third party audits.
IWA/SWIM Exhibit Booth

IWA/SWIM Exhibit Booth

Illiana Watermelon Association
2018 Convention IWA/SWIM Exhibit Booth Information

8’ x 30’ Table, skirting, and 2 chairs will be provided for exhibit booths.

Electrical outlets will be available upon request.

Former Watermelon Queen Writes a Young Adult Fiction Book

A Story of Love and God’s Grace

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As the newly-crowned watermelon queen, Grace Summer is thrust into the spotlight while dealing with a new life and an old past that still haunts her.
Grace finds herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy next door. With her work on the watermelon farm, her crown responsibilities, her painful past, and her new love, Grace doesn’t think she can handle everything life has thrown at her. Her loving gramps shows her that God will give her the strength she needs if she will trust in Him. In her new book, Loving Grace (Ambassador International, April 20, 2018, $15.99), April Smith writes a fictional story about young love and God’s grace. Smith spent her summers working on her best friend’s watermelon farm, and had the opportunity to work for the industry as one of their watermelon queens. Smith says, “I knew I wanted Grace’s story to take place in the watermelon world. I also wanted the reader to learn something. In this case, the main takeaway is that true happiness comes from resting in the grace of God. Things of this world may make us happy for a time, but they tarnish when compared to what God has to offer.”
About the Author: Smith was crowned Illiana Watermelon Queen in 2002 and has since held those memories from her tour as queen as some of the sweetest to look back on. Smith lives in Evansville, IN and when she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, sewing, quilting, and spending time with her family. To connect with the author or request a review copy of
Loving Grace, please contact publicist Keli Garrett at media@emeraldhouse.com.

Eating Watermelon Has Tremendous Health Benefits!

Powerful Antioxidants
Powerful Antioxidants
This wonderful summertime treat comes packed with powerful Antioxidants along with several vitamins our bodies need. Watermelon is high in Vitamin C and a good source of Vitamin A through its concentration of beta-carotene.
Lycopene
Lycopene
Watermelon is a very concentrated source of the carotenoid, Lycopene. Lycopene has been studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. It has been found to be protective against many forms of cancers including prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancers. Watermelon contains a higher concentration of Lycopene than any other produce item.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C
Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin C so necessary for the body's immune system. Just one cup of delicious watermelon provides 25% of our body's daily requirement.
Vitamin A
Vitamin A
Through its concentration of beta-carotene, Watermelon supplies a rich source of Vitamin A, another cancer fighting anti-oxidant along with Lycopene and Vitamin C. A cup of Watermelon supplies your body with over 10% of its daily requirement.
Vitamin B
Vitamin B
Vitamin B is necessary for energy production. Watermelon is rich in Vitamin B6 and B1, as well as magnesium and potassium. Because Watermelon has a higher water content and lower calorie content than other fruits, it delivers more nutrients per calorie.
Arginine
Arginine
Because Watermelon is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid our bodies use to make another amino acid, Arginine. Arginine is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body and allowing the production of Nitric Oxide, which not only relaxes blood vessels thereby alleviating high blood pressure, it is the compound whose production is enhanced by Viagra® to prevent erectile dysfunction.

Even More Health Benefits

 

Read this White Paper on Watermelon Extract Supplementation.  There is evidence that it reduces ankle blood pressure and Carotid Augmentation Index.

 

Watermelon contains a higher concentration of Lycopene, a powerful cancer fighting agent, than all other type of produce.

Each spring we gather a team and participate in our local Relay For Life©.  What better way to spread the message of watermelon’s health benefits than to raise money for this great cause.

Additional Sources

 

To read more about Watermelon Nutrition and Health benefits, visit The George Mateljan Foundation, for a wealth of food health information as well as wonderful recipes.  Additional health and nutrition information can be found on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.

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