Florida watermelon queen takes U.S. crown - The Packer

Florida watermelon queen takes U.S. crown

02/27/2012 03:20:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Doug OhlemeierOutgoing National Watermelon Queen Whitney Conner crowns Katelyn Kelley the 2012 National Watermelon Queen Feb. 25.AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Katelyn Kelley, who has represented Florida’s watermelon industry, is the 2012 National Watermelon Queen.

Kelley was crowned at the National Watermelon Association’s annual awards banquet Feb. 25, the concluding event of the Lakeland-based association’s convention.

Kelley, 22, plans to graduate in May from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications and a minor in business. She is the daughter of Kevin and Anna Kelley of Branford.

Kelley succeeds Whitney Conner of Georgia.

Finalists included Sabra Boyd, Illiana; Jordan Calloway, Mar-Del; Veronica Kraemer, Texas; Alycia McLamb, North Carolina; Jenna Saxon, Georgia; and Holly Whatley, South Carolina.

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Wellington, Florida  |  February, 27, 2012 at 07:35 PM

We couldnt be happier for Miss Watermelon. Meeting her was amazing at the NWA convention. Congrats and Go Florida!!!

Ethel Douglas    
Brooker, Florida  |  February, 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Congratulation Katelyn. So proud of you.

Bell, Fl  |  February, 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Way to go Katelyn, we are so proud of you.

Debbie Popovich    
Gainesville, Florida  |  February, 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

For those of you who couldn't be there, the Kelley family filled the ballroom with their cheers as Katelyn's name was called. She was absolutley beautiful, poised and calm. We are so proud of you!

Henry and Mary Webb    
Wildwood, Fl  |  February, 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

What a wonderful way to start the day with this wonderful news. We are so proud of you. Wish we could have been there. Double Congratulations

Wayne & Jennifer Acree    
Melrose Florida  |  February, 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Way to go Katelyn !!! You will make a wonderful Queen.... God bless you !

Jim DuBois    
Waldo, Florida  |  February, 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I can't think of a more deserving queen or a better representative for Florida!

Raymon & Annette Land    
Branford, Florida  |  February, 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM

Our very own Branford Girl! You make us so....Happy Katelyn...You are beautiful and intelligent. Good Luck

Bruce Page    
Palm Coast  |  February, 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM

Congratualtions on this accomplishment!!!! The Page family is real proud of you.

Debbie Kearney    
Tybee Island, GA  |  February, 28, 2012 at 09:28 PM

You look beautiful, Katelyn. Hooray and Congratulations!

Gene & Mary Harris    
Bell, FL  |  February, 29, 2012 at 07:25 AM

We're so very excited and proud of all your accomplishments! You are indeed a good representative for your God, your hometown, and your family.

Shirley Clark    
Branford, Fl.  |  February, 29, 2012 at 08:59 AM

We are so proud of Katelyn. She is beautiful, poised and talented. She is certainly an example for other young ladies to follow. We are excited to say that the National Water Melon queen is from Branford, Fl. Your Mom and Dad did a great job in raising their 3 children.

Elvin Matthews    
Jupiter, FL  |  March, 05, 2012 at 07:24 AM

Hello Katelyn, It was a pleasure to meet you at the Southern Exposure Gala Event in Tampa. You represent the industry with much poise and class. Congrats.

Mia Montmorentze    
Orlando, Florida  |  July, 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM

Go Katelyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love watermelons!

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