The North Carolina Watermelon Association was organized in 1975 as the "N. C. Watermelon Growers and Distributors Association".
Reorganized in 1982 with the present name, NCWA is the
North Carolina Chapter of the National Watermelon Association, which
also includes organizations from Maryland-Delaware, South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas-Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and California-Arizona.
NCWA is made up of members from both inside and outside of
North Carolina. An annual meeting of members is held yearly in March
where, with a traditional pageant, a state queen is chosen to
represent the association.