By: Brooke Robichaux
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
LAPLACE - Heather Roussel wants to spotlight food and cract vendors on social media to entice visitors to come to the Andouille Festival. She wants to see the passion and excitement return for the iconic community event that has always been close to her heart.
Roussel was recently crowned 2019 Andouille Queen at the Andouille Festival Pageant, held Saturday at St. John Theatre in Reserve. It isn't her first time wearing the crown, however. As former Teen Queen and Sugar Queen, Roussel has been a St. John the Baptist Parish ambassador for quite some time, representing the region's famous Andouille and sugar industries at fairs and festivals around Louisiana.
"I'm from St. John Parish, and I've been involved in pageants for many years now," Roussel said. "I was actually teen Andouille back in 2012. I finally decided to come back. It's my last chance to be Andouille Queen, and I just wanted to go all in for it."
Roussel is excited to forge new friendships with queens across Lousiana alongside Teen Andouille Queen Mallory Waguespack, who was also crowned Saturday night in Reserve during the "Under the Big Top" circus-themed extravaganza.