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Introducing the 2020 Mississippi Teen Watermelon Queen, Miss Faith Claranna Sullivan. She attends Mize Attendance Center where she will be a Junior this fall. Faith is a member of the Mize Student Council as well as the Senior FFA chapter where she currently serves as Vice President. She is also a member of the Smith County 4H and the Smith County Junior Livestock Association. Faith served in 2018-2019 as Mississippi’s Junior FFA State Reporter. Faith is the 16-year-old daughter of Josh & Kim Sullivan of Mize. Her grandparents are Sonny & the late Diane Sullivan of Mize and Sheila & the late Kenny Patterson of Magee. She is an active member of Magee Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Faith has a passion for Agriculture and Livestock. She has been around farming all her life and has showed livestock since she was 8 years old. This year, she, along side her brother Jake, plan to show two heifers and two steers in county shows, area jackpots as well as Mississippi State Fair and the Dixie National Livestock Show. When asked, Why she wanted to be a Watermelon Queen, she answered, “To represent farmers all across Mississippi. To let people know all the hard work and dedication it takes to feed America. Whether it be growing melons or raising cattle, our farmers put their heart and soul in everything they do. We would not survive without farmers….period!”
The Mississippi Watermelon Festival is held each year to support the Mize Volunteer Fire Department. This department is staffed solely by volunteers. The event will be held at its usual location the Town of Mize park. Gates open on Friday July 17th at 3:30pm where there will be local talent and the Youth Watermelon Pageant and again on Saturday beginning at 8:30am. There will be a wide range of activities including a 5K run, Car show, vendors displaying different arts, crafts & food, the famous “Watermelon Eating & Seed Spitting” contest, local entertainment and ending with a concert featuring Colt Ford.
Faith, along with the Mississippi Watermelon Queen, MeKayla Luper, will be ready to assist the firefighters with welcoming guests, working different booths and games and passing out FREE watermelon. Who knows, Faith may even decide to defend her Seed Spitting title! Food, fun and fellowship is to be had by all so she invites us to join her at the festival!!! If you would like to know more information about the Mississippi Watermelon Festival or print off forms for vendors, 5K, Car show or Youth Pageant, check out www.mswatermelonfestival.com
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