The South Carolina Watermelon Association annual meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia, S.C.

The watermelon celebration kicks off that morning at 10:00 a.m., with events planned throughout the day and evening. The meeting includes educational sessions, the watermelon auction, and the 2007 Watermelon Queen contest. All watermelon producers and families are invited to attend.

Registration fee is $50 per person or $75 per couple and includes lunch and dinner meals.

For more information, contact Martin Eubanks,, or Connie Garvey,, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, 803-734-2200.