NC Watermelon Queen

Meet the current NC Watermelon Queen

2023 North Carolina Watermelon Queen

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.

2023 North Carolina Watermelon Queen
2023 North Carolina Watermelon Queen
2023 North Carolina Watermelon Queen

Queen's Schedule

If you would like to schedule the queen for an event please call or email:
Sharon Rogers - 336-583-9630

SC Watermelon Association Convention

January 19 - 21, 2024
Hilton Head, SC

NWA Convention

February 22-26, 2023
Asheville, NC

North Carolina Watermelon Association Convention

March 10-11, 2023
Wrightsville Beach, NC

NCDA&CS Ag Products Reception

March 15, 2023
Raleigh, NC

University of Mt Olive - Ag Fest

March 30, 2023
Mount Olive, NC

Cleveland FFA Ag Day

April 15, 2023
Cleveland, NC

National Watermelon Promotion Board Queen Training

April 21-23, 2023
Orlando, FL

Deans Farm Market Strawberry Pageant

April 29, 2023
Wilson, NC

NC Welcome Center I-95

May 11, 2023
Pleasant Hill, NC

NC Welcome Center I-85

May 12, 2023
Norlina, NC

Howell Farming Company - Spring Farm Tour

May 17, 2023
Goldsboro, NC

Got to be NC Festival

May 19-21, 2023
Raleigh, NC

Alamance County Farm Bureau - Home grown in the Park

May 20, 2023
Burlington, NC

Fresh Pik Produce - Spring Farm Tour

May 23, 2023
Wilson, NC

Ingles in-store promotion

June 10, 2023
Franklin, NC

Howling With the PACK - NCSU CALS Summer Camp

June 12, 2023
Raleigh, NC

NC FFA State Convention

June 27-29, 2023
Raleigh, NC

Watermelon Crawl Festival

July 1, 2023
Duncan, SC

Ingles instore promotion

July 1, 2023
Ashevillle, NC

Watermelon Festival

July 1, 2023
Duncan, SC

Ingles in-store promotion

July 1, 2023
Asheville, NC

Ag Night - Carolina Mudcats

July 7, 2023
Zebulon, NC

Midtown Farmers Market Watermelon Day

July 8, 2023
Raleigh, NC

At the Table TV Show with Sydney Knowles

July 11, 2023
Clinton, NC

Food Lion instore promotion

July 15, 2023
Salisbury, NC

Farmers Day Festival

July 15, 2023
China Grove, NC

Deans Farm Market Summer Camp - Watermelon Day

July 17, 2023
Wilson, NC


July 17, 2023
Charlotte, NC

Watermelon Day Camp - Lenoir Co Cooperative Extension

July 20, 2023
Kinston, NC

Food Lion instore promotion

July 21, 2023
Winston-Salem, NC

Ag Night at the High Point Rockers Baseball Game

July 21, 2023
High Point, NC

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market - Watermelon Day

July 21, 2023
Greensboro, NC

WATERMELON DAY at the Carolina MudCats Baseball

July 22, 2023
Five County Stadium - Zebulon, NC

Ingles Corporate Office - Watermelon Day

July 24, 2023
Kings Mountain, NC

At the Table TV show with Sydney Knowles

July 25, 2023
Clinton, NC

WPTF Radio Interview

July 26, 2023
Raleigh, NC

State Farmers Market - Watermelon Day

July 27, 2023
Raleigh, NC

National Queen Tour

July 27 - 28, 2023
North Carolina

Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival

July 29, 2023
Fair Bluff, NC

North Carolina Watermelon Festival

August 4-6, 2023
Murfreesboro, NC

Murfreesboro Farms Tour

August 6, 2023
Murfreesboro, NC

Food Lion In store Promotions

August 10, 2023
Sneads Ferry & Surf City, NC

Charlotte Farmers Market - Watermelon Day

August 11, 2023
Charlotte, NC

NC State University Football - Watermelon Day

August 16, 2023
Raleigh, NC

Winterville Watermelon Festival

August 26, 2023
Winterville, NC

International Fresh Produce Assoc. Washington Conference

September 12 - 15, 2023
Washington, DC

Freddie Ellis CookOff

September 16, 2023
Mt. Olive, NC

Marine Corp Marathon

October 29, 2023
Washington, DC

Texas Watermelon Association Convention

November 9 - 12, 2023
Fort Worth, TX

MarDel Watermelon Association Convention

February 2-4, 2024
Cambridge, MD

Be Our Next Watermelon Queen

Be The Next Watermelon Queen!

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 or phone 336-583-9630 for all the details.  Application deadline is February 1, 2024.

Be The Next Watermelon Queen!

Contact us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 58220
Raleigh, NC 27658

Telephone: (919) 413-9544
Fax: (919) 882-8533