2013 GWG Award Categories

Mystery Melon Award

Two of our members from the State of Tennessee have donated money to the Mystery Melon Award. Due to the generosity of George Kopsell and Craig Peden we will have two Mystery Melon Awards this year. The total for these donated awards is $75 and we are truly thankful for these members.

1st Mystery Melon – $50 Awarded to the member who grows a watermelon from 100 lbs. to the first melon grown below the 20th place prize.

2nd Mystery Melon – $25 Awarded to the member who grows a watermelon from lowest weight to 99 lbs.

The weights selected by the GWG board to win these awards will not be released until after the GPC weigh offs are all over. That is what makes it mystery melons.

The winners will be two members who have watermelons closest to those selected weights without going over. Good luck to all on this contest.

1st Year GWG Member Award

This is a new award for this year that was donated by Craig Peden. Through his generous contribution of $75 we will have 1st and 2nd place melons for this award.

These two awards are for 1st time GWG members who don’t grow a melon that is in the top 20. Those 1st year GWG members with the two heaviest melons in this group will be awarded 1st place melon and 2nd place melon in this category.

1st Place Melon – $50
2nd Place Melon – $25

These categories are not for the heavy hitters (whoever you are).

If you have a melon placing in the top 20 of the GWG, you will not qualify for the Mystery Melon Award or 1st Year GWG Member Award.

Both the Mystery Melon Award and 1st Year GWG Member Award are for growers in the traditional category only. The melons must be weighed at a GPC sanctioned site, the member must have dues paid by June 1, 2013, and the watermelon must be undamaged and sound condition.

Trophy of Hope

This new “floating” trophy will be presented to the champion, with his/her name, melon weight, year, and state, engraved on the bottom. The winner will keep the trophy for that year, and box it up and mail it to the next years champion.

This should be very exciting, and be a bragging right to get the trophy to your state or providence. Things are looking awesome for the members of the GWG, and now the chase for the trophy of HOPE begins.

GWG Regional Awards

In an effort to promote our club and this hobby around the world, the GWG is awarding two new Regional Awards at the end of the season. The winners will receive a plaque from the GWG.

We have decided to create 3 separate regions, USA, Canada, and International, which includes any other country in the world.

The two regional awards will be awarded to the top watermelon grower in the two regions that do not include the overall GWG winner. This will ensure that every year the top grower from each of the three regions will receive well deserved recognition.

So…. if the largest watermelon grown in 2013 this year is from say….Canada…then the awards would go to the grower with the largest melon in the USA and the grower with the largest melon in any other country, such as Spain or Italy.

The grower from Canada would not be eligible for these awards. I know the more likely scenario would be a grower from the USA as the overall GWG winner, and the awards will go to someone in Canada and someone across the pond. But one never knows!!

Rules for this award are the same as usual.

Members must be in good standing by June 1st 2013 to be eligible. Watermelons must be weighed at GPC sanctioned weigh-off.

“Floating” World Record Trophy

This trophy has been anonymously donated by one of our GWG members. It will pay tribute to all the world record watermelons growers from 1925 to date. The trophy will include their name, weight, state and year grown.

The present world record holder is Chris Kent. He received this trophy in 2012 and will keep it until such time as the world record is broken by one of our GWG members. Their name will then be added to the trophy and Chris will pass it on to the new world record holder.

Members must be in good standing by June 1st, 2012, to be eligible. Watermelons must be weighed at GPC sanctioned weigh-off. If it looks like a watermelon and it is undamaged…. it counts!!

Good luck to all in 2013….. let’s grow some BIG melons!!