Miss Gracy Peterson was crowned as the 2023 North Carolina Watermelon Queen during the 40th Annual North Carolina Watermelon Association's Convention held March 10 and 11, 2023 in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Gracy is the 21-year-old daughter of Greg & Linda Peterson of Garland, North Carolina. She is a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in Agricultural Business Management and minoring in Spanish, Biology and Poultry Science. Gracy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, canning, and helping out on the family farm.
Gracy is active in many clubs and organizations at NC State University including the North Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers. Aside from Gracy's extracurricular activities she also works part-time at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Stewardship and Advancement and is currently doing a summer internship with AgCarolina Farm Credit.
Gracy attended Harrells Christian Academy from Kindergarten until graduation. While there she was very active in FFA, holding many officer positions in her school's chapter and also serving the Southeast Region as Secretary. Gracy received her state FFA degree in 2020. She was a member of the Spanish Honors Society, played varsity soccer and was involved in the National Beta Club. In Beta Club she competed in speech and woodworking competitions and won first place in both. She has also been a recipient of the House of Raeford Academic Scholarship for the past three years of her academic studies.
Gracy's future plans are to promote agricultural advocacy and literacy through a development or sales position. Gracy says, "I love AG and I love to talk so I hope to be able to do both of these and I'll have my dream job."
As North Carolina Watermelon Queen, you will find Gracy promoting the North Carolina watermelon industry all across the state. Gracy hopes "to have the opportunity to positively impact the agriculture industry on a level I have never been able to before. Serving the North Carolina Watermelon Association as their public representative would be a privilege not only because it is a prestigious endeavor but because of the incredible responsibility of advocating on behalf of farmers and future leaders." Gracy will hold the state title for one year and represent the North Carolina Watermelon Association at the 2024 National Watermelon Association Convention.
NWA ConventionFebruary 22-26, 2023
North Carolina Watermelon Association ConventionMarch 10-11, 2023
NCDA&CS Ag Products ReceptionMarch 15, 2023
University of Mt Olive - Ag FestMarch 30, 2023
Cleveland FFA Ag DayApril 15, 2023
National Watermelon Promotion Board Queen TrainingApril 21-23, 2023
Deans Farm Market Strawberry PageantApril 29, 2023
NC Welcome Center I-95May 11, 2023
NC Welcome Center I-85May 12, 2023
Howell Farming Company - Spring Farm TourMay 17, 2023
Got to be NC FestivalMay 19-21, 2023
Alamance County Farm Bureau - Home grown in the ParkMay 20, 2023
Fresh Pik Produce - Spring Farm TourMay 23, 2023
Ingles in-store promotionJune 10, 2023
Howling With the PACK - NCSU CALS Summer CampJune 12, 2023
NC FFA State ConventionJune 27-29, 2023
Watermelon Crawl FestivalJuly 1, 2023
Ingles instore promotionJuly 1, 2023
Watermelon FestivalJuly 1, 2023
Ingles in-store promotionJuly 1, 2023
Ag Night - Carolina MudcatsJuly 7, 2023
Midtown Farmers Market Watermelon DayJuly 8, 2023
At the Table TV Show with Sydney KnowlesJuly 11, 2023
Food Lion instore promotionJuly 15, 2023
Farmers Day FestivalJuly 15, 2023
Deans Farm Market Summer Camp - Watermelon DayJuly 17, 2023
QC 3 - WBTVJuly 17, 2023
Watermelon Day Camp - Lenoir Co Cooperative ExtensionJuly 20, 2023
Food Lion instore promotionJuly 21, 2023
Ag Night at the High Point Rockers Baseball GameJuly 21, 2023
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market - Watermelon DayJuly 21, 2023
WATERMELON DAY at the Carolina MudCats BaseballJuly 22, 2023
Ingles Corporate Office - Watermelon DayJuly 24, 2023
At the Table TV show with Sydney KnowlesJuly 25, 2023
WPTF Radio InterviewJuly 26, 2023
State Farmers Market - Watermelon DayJuly 27, 2023
National Queen TourJuly 27 - 28, 2023
Fair Bluff Watermelon FestivalJuly 29, 2023
North Carolina Watermelon FestivalAugust 4-6, 2023
Murfreesboro Farms TourAugust 6, 2023
Food Lion In store PromotionsAugust 10, 2023
Charlotte Farmers Market - Watermelon DayAugust 11, 2023
NC State University Football - Watermelon DayAugust 16, 2023
Winterville Watermelon FestivalAugust 26, 2023
International Fresh Produce Assoc. Washington ConferenceSeptember 12 - 15, 2023
Freddie Ellis CookOffSeptember 16, 2023
Marine Corp MarathonOctober 29, 2023
Texas Watermelon Association ConventionNovember 9 - 12, 2023
MarDel Watermelon Association ConventionFebruary 2-4, 2024
National Tourism Week - I85 & I95 Welcome CentersI85 - Norlina, NC & I95 - Pleasant Hill, NC
Would you like to be the 2024 North Carolina Watermelon Queen?
The 2023 crown was presented to Miss Gracy Peterson of Garland, NC during the North Carolina Watermelon Association Convention on March 10-11, 2023. 2024 could be your turn!
The North Carolina Watermelon Association will be holding its Annual Watermelon Queen Scholarship Pageant on March1-3, 2024 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. If you are interested in participating in the pageant please contact Sharon Rogers by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 336-583-9630 for all the details. Application deadline is February 10, 2024.
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