Welcome Watermelon Lovers!

The South Carolina Watermelon Board and the South Carolina Watermelon Association invite you to learn all about the Palmetto State’s sweet summertime treat – watermelon, the smile fruit. We call it the smile fruit because it’s the food that makes people smile. It’s sweet, juicy, and fun! But watermelon is also versatile and healthy.

We invite you to scroll through our new website to learn all about watermelon. You’ll find watermelon’s history and factsvarietiesproduction, preparation and storage, and promotion as well as festivals and events held in honor of South Carolina’s sweet fruit.

Whatever your mood, there’s a watermelon dish to suit your taste. Search our recipes for everything from salsa to smoothies. Anytime of day or night is the right time to enjoy watermelon. Carve a watermelon to make a great basket for fruit salad or a centerpiece for a party.

Watermelon is as healthy and nutritious as it is delicious! Packed with vitamins and minerals, watermelon is a lycopene leader healthy snack that benefits the whole family. Watermelon is available in South Carolina at supermarkets, farmers markets, roadside markets, and other places where produce is sold.


 

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2017 SC Watermelon Queen

Blakely Johnson - 2017 SC Watermelon QueenBlakely Sullivan Johnson is the 19 year old daughter of Dean and Brent Johnson of Denmark, SC, and currently attends Clemson University where she is majoring in Agricultural Education.  She plans to graduate with honors and begin using her passion for agriculture in teaching our youth about the industry.

When asked why she would make the best spokesperson for our industry, Blakely replied, “I have one word and that is “Passion”, passion for the industry and the people in it”.  For many years, Blakely has been involved in the industry in numerous ways.  She comes from a family deeply enriched in farming and agriculture and she has also worked with the Clemson Extension Program in Blackville, SC, under Dr. Gilbert Miller.  This experience has helped Blakely tremendously in learning and comprehending the importance of the SC Watermelon Association.

Blakely considers her new position as the 2017 South Carolina Watermelon Queen as an amazing opportunity, not only to show her passion for the industry, but to show her hard work, knowledge, and dedication along with her need to help educate our consumers on the value of watermelon.