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Watermelon queens visit Rehoboth Boardwalk

By Dan Cook | Aug 11, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Watermelon queens handing out the tasty treat are (l-r) South Carolina Queen Brooke Hastings, Georgia Queen Jennifer Eadie, National Queen Brandi Harrison, Mar-Del Queen Shelby Hurley and Florida Queen Meagan Morgan.

Five national and regional watermelon queens visited the Rehoboth Boardwalk July 30 to represent the Mar-Del Watermelon Association and the Delaware Department of Agriculture by handing out free slices of watermelon to the delight of beach visitors.

Mar-Del Watermelon Queen Shelby Hurley, South Carolina Queen Brooke Hastings,  Georgia Queen Jennifer Eadie, Florida Queen Meagan Morgan and National Queen Brandi Harrison handed out hundreds of slices of the healthy fruit.

Watermelon is one of the top foods containing lycopene. Lycopene is important for cardiovascular health, and some scientists now believe that lycopene is also important for bone health. Antioxidant carotenoids found in watermelon also include significant amounts of beta-carotene.

This fruit has over 30 percent of the daily allowance of Vitamin A and C, and nearly 92 percent of the watermelon is, of course, water.

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Adam Sabry, 2, of Virginia has a laugh with National Watermelon Queen Brandi Harrison. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Irving Flood,18 months, happily gives up his pacifier for a tasty piece of watermelon. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Linda Neal of Ewing, N.J. enjoys a slice of the tasty fruit. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
National Watermelon Queen Brandi Harrison makes a video commercial for the Delaware Department of Agriculture. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sana McLaughlin, visiting from Pennsylvania, loads up some slices for her friends on the beach. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allen Light, 2, and his dad Eric receive a watermelon Frisbee from queen coordinator Samantha Kilgore from the Georgia Association. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Making sure the queens are loaded with plenty of slices are Eleanor Bullock of the National Watermelon Association, left, and Ann Bryant of the South Carolina Association. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Not only are they getting a thirst quenching slice, these RBP guards get to pose with five beautiful queens. Shown are (l-r) Mar-Del Queen Shelby Hurley, RBP guard Rob Nanovsky, South Carolina Queen Brooke Hastings, RBP guard Matt Matsko, National Queen Brandi Harrison, RBP guard Domenic Caputo, Georgia Queen Jennifer Eadie and Florida Queen Meagan Morgan. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Joanna Oni-Daniel, 9 months, loves the taste of watermelon with her father Tunde. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sadie Baughman,2, of Newville, Pennsylvania enjoys the healthy fruit. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Nate,31/2, and Ben,18 months, Oesterle pose with National Queen Brandi Harrison. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Linda Neal,r, gets a treat from Florida Queen Meagan Morgan. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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