LAKE TAHOE, NV -- The National Watermelon Association kicked off its 103rd annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV, drawing 400-plus attendees, who braved abundant snowfall and whiteout conditions to make it here. Bob Morrissey, executive director of NWA, said it is the biggest turnout ever for a convention west of Texas.
John Lapide of Melon 1 and Art Perry of George Perry & Sons.
Rick Overholt and Dan Dearolph of Chep with Cory Dombrowski of Sakata Seed.
Jennifer and Chris Hogg of Champion Seed with John Reese of Giumarra Cos.
Pablo Borquez of Borquez Schwarzbeck, Arthur Saikhon of Saikhon Co. and Steve Poindexter of Produce Pay Inc.
David Genecco of Genecco Farms and Greg Long of McMelon.
Jennifer Gardikas-Caeser of D. Gardikas Produce Co. with Brent and Susan Harrison of Ag Solutions LLC.
Dan Van Groningen and Cesar Martinez of Van Groningen & Sons.
Art Perry of George Perry & Sons with Bob Morrissey, executive director of NWA.
Hammy Dicks of Melon 1 and Shaun Leiker of Allen Lund Co.
Mike Meyer of Keith Connell Inc. and Harry Vaughn of Gulf Seed.
Katey Evans of Evans Farms, Kevin Evans of the Mar-Del Watermelon Association and Kelli Wilder of the National Watermelon Association.
Tom Glenos of Kids Choice with Nate and Terri Stone of Ben B. Schwartz.
Stephanie Barlow and Mark and Karen Arney of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Carla Penny (right), the 2016 National Watermelon Queen, with seven regional watermelon queens vying for the 2017 National Watermelon Queen title.