RALEIGH, N.C. — Miss Sarah Swain was recently crowned as the 2020 North Carolina Watermelon Queen during the first ever virtual North Carolina Watermelon Association Queen Scholarship Pageant.
Ms Swain is the 22 year old daughter of Annie Swain of Morehead City, NC. She is a 2020 graduate of Mount Olive University with a degree in Agriculture Education. Her future plan is to teach high school agriculture in North Carolina while earning a Master’s Degree in administration. Sarah has served as the North Carolina State FFA Vice President and as a North Carolina Teach Ag Ambassador. As an ambassador her charge was to help encourage students to pursue a career in Agriculture Education. Sarah enjoys working with students and volunteering in her community.
As North Carolina Watermelon Queen, Sarah will serve as the spokesperson for the North Carolina watermelon industry all across the state. James Brake, North Carolina Watermelon Association President stated, “Sarah has really stepped up during this unusual time. In years past our queens have been able to participate in face to face watermelon promotions but this year is a bit different. Sarah has embraced her role of being a virtual Watermelon Queen by producing an educational video series entitled “Queen Behind the Screen” where she shares watermelon recipes, crafts, stories and workouts with consumers on the North Carolina Watermelon Association’s Facebook and Instagram pages.” The North Carolina watermelon season officially kicks off around July 4th so be sure to visit the social media sites to see what Sarah is featuring each week and pick up a North Carolina watermelon at your favorite retail store or farmers market.
Ms Swain will hold the state title for one year and in February 2021 will represent North Carolina for the title of National Watermelon Queen at the National Watermelon Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
–Sharon Rogers, N.C. Watermelon Association