Come one – come all! This is the place to be – the 108th National

Watermelon Association Convention & Annual Meeting! 

We’ll see you there! 

What will happen at convention?

Convention Highlights

This edition of the national convention will be different than most, along with the expected business, fun & entertainment, and honors.  The entire week will surround a theme that represents the Blue Ridge environment …….. the mountains, pine trees & pinecones, bears-bears-and-more-bears, clogging (dance), Bluegrass Music, arts & crafts demonstrations, craft beers, and so much more.  And that’s just on..

Opening Night!

There is so much in between that we don’t have enough room to list it all. The auction will feature some really-cool items and ideas, and a return to our popular memorabilia and silent auctions that will go hand-in-hand with the live auction.  We are planning a special celebration on Friday evening to celebrate the retirement of our long-time Promotions Coordinator, Miss Eleanor, as she prepares for the next chapter in her life, and we say a special ‘Thank You’ for her many years of service to the association. At our closing awards banquet, some special guests will join with us as we bid farewell to our long-time Executive Director and his wife – Bob & Betsy – as they will soon after begin their retirement in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.And you will meet his successor who will lead the association into the future. So, at this national convention a lot will happen, history will be made, and it will be a lot of fun for every generation.    


2023 NWA Convention Agenda.pdf


Golf Tournament

It is time to restart the annual tournament known to us all as the Arnold Mack Memorial Golf Tournament, named after one of the legends in our association and the industry.  The 4-person scramble will take place on Wednesday afternoon, February 22, 2023 at the Donald Ross-designed Grove Park Inn course, set at the base of Sunset Mountain in Asheville, NC. The golf course will be ready; the tournament will be ready; all we need is you. 

Get your team signed-up.  Consider sponsoring the tournament and/or becoming a tee sponsor.  This golf course is one that should not be missed. It is a Donald Ross design that must be played. 

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