Tuesday, October 7, 2014
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – On Saturday, October 4, the 2013 Miss Andouille Queen Elise Deaton crowned Erin Duhe of Garyville as the 2014 St. John Parish Andouille Queen Saturday night at the St. John Theatre in Reserve. Teen Andouille Queen Jade Brady relinquished her title to LaPlace resident, Riley Edwards.
The 2014 Miss Andouille Queen is the daughter of Faron and Donna Duhe of Garyville. Erin earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Consulting at Nicholls State University. Erin competed against two other young ladies in an interview, on-stage promenade, and on-stage question to capture the title of Miss Andouille.
The 2014 Teen Andouille Queen is the daughter of Rick and Kelly Edwards of LaPlace and is currently a sophomore at St. Charles Catholic High School. Riley said she will take great honor and pride in the title and make an effort to fulfill the duties of queen with balance and priority.
As Ambassadors for St. John, the Queens’ reigns will include representing St. John the Baptist Parish at a variety of parish and state functions, including the St. John Andouille Festival, scheduled for October 17-19. The new Andouille Queens will also visit with their U.S. Representatives and Senators, as well as many other elected officials and representatives of Louisiana during their travels. Erin will go on to represent the Parish at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant held in Baton Rouge in February 2015. The Parish will honor and congratulate the 2014 Queens with a “Key to the City” at the Parish council meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s event celebrated the 50s era with the theme “Twisting the Night Away.” Local thespian, Lance Ural impersonated 50s heartthrob Elvis Presley with a charming rendition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and the award winning competition team from Dance Etc. in Reserve showcased a jazz routine titled “Hit the Road Jack.” Former Miss St. Charles Festival Queen Taylor Rebowe entertained the audience with a vibrant dance to “Dance with me Tonight” by Olly Murs.
On Sunday, October 19, the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants will be held at the St. John Community Center, 2900 Hwy 51 in LaPlace. The first pageant will start promptly at noon. The pageants are open to girls, ages 6 months to 12 years old and boys, ages 6 months to 3 years old. To register for the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants please download an application at andouillefestival.com and return the completed form and fees to Dana Milioto at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace by Monday, October 13, 2014. Applications can be submitted the day of the pageant up until one half hour before competition time for an additional $5.00 late entry fee.