Introducing Katelyn Honeycutt, the new National WatermelonQueen.
The former North Carolina Watermelon Queen was recently crowned with the “national” title during the annual National Watermelon Association convention. Among a group of other hopeful contenders vying for the crown, Katelyn (Katie) wowed the judges with her enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication to our favorite fruit.
As National Watermelon Queen, Katie will serve as an ambassador of watermelon at educational and promotional events throughout the year – from supermarket demos to on-air interviews. Wherever you find Katie, you’ll find watermelon.
Learn a little more about our beloved queen below and be on the lookout for an appearance near you!
Quick Queen Q&A
Home: Angier, North Carolina
School: North Carolina State University
Major(s): Agribusiness Management & Agriculture Education
Hobbies: Photography, hiking, running, riding horses, bible study
Long-term Goals: Loan officer providing financial assistance to farmers and ranchers
Favorite way to enjoy watermelon: My favorite way to eat watermelon is fresh from the field. Nothing beats harvesting a ripe watermelon and enjoying it after a long day of work. I remember my family enjoying a watermelon at our picnic table after a day of bailing hay or working in the produce field.
“It truly is an honor for me to serve in this role. I have grown up in agriculture and have a passion for the industry and the professionals in it, especially watermelon! I am the third generation of farmers in my family. Growing and selling watermelons was my first ever job as a young girl. Once I started high school, my sister and I started a CSA business delivering produce boxes to my community. Additionally, we started selling produce to wholesalers and at local farmers markets. I loved getting to educate consumers on agricultural products! This is why I’ve found my passion serving as a watermelon queen and giving this commodity and organization a voice. I cannot wait to share with consumers all the things that makes watermelon so great this upcoming year.”