Watermelon Queen Visits Newfoundland

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Jul 27, 2010 4:43 PM
2010 Miss Georgia Watermelon Queen, Whitney Leah Conner

All hail the Queen! The Watermelon Queen that is...

From July 21-22, the 2010 Miss Georgia Watermelon Queen, Whitney Leah Conner, 20, visited the Colemans grocery store locations in Mount Pearl and St. John's to help promote watermelon and its many health benefits.

This marked the third time that Colemans, a member of the National Watermelon Association, hosted a visit from a U.S. watermelon queen.

Whitney competed with the nation's eight regional watermelon queens in a contest where they were judged on their poise, personality and knowledge of watermelons.

2010 Miss Georgia Watermelon Queen Whitney Leah Conner greets a young watermelon lover.

Did you know?

  • Watermelon comes in many sizes, shapes and colours. Some are red inside; others are yellow. Some have seeds; other do not.

  • The watermelon is the fruit of a large vine, which grows flat on the ground. The watermelon, with vines, which grow from 12-15 feet, is part of the same family as pumpkins, cantaloupes and squash.

  • The watermelon flower is not very showy and must be pollinated, generally by honeybees, to produce fruit.

  • Watermelon varies in size from the five-pound "Sugar Baby" to the "Jubilee," which can weigh as much as 40 pounds.

  • Watermelon has many health benefits including:
    1. Energy production
    2. Protects against macular degeneration
    3. Fights heart disease
    4. Loaded with antioxidants
    5. Reduces the risk of cancer
    6. Prevents erectile dysfunction
    7. Good source of vitamins and minerals

  • Check out the video to find out more about the health benefits of watermelon, straight from the watermelon queen herself, Miss Whitney Leah Conner!