La. Shrimp and Petroleum Festival seeks contestants
The Past Queen’s Club and the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival and Fair Association are in search for that special young woman to wear the crown of the 78th festival.
Candidates shall be high school graduates by not less than one year, shall never have been married, pregnant or given birth to a child. All candidates must be at least 18 years old and not more than 23 years old by Jan. 1 following the festival.
Prospective young women and their parents shall be residents of east St. Mary Parish and/or lower St. Martin Parish. Each candidate should have attended at least their senior year in an east St. Mary Parish high school.
All interested candidates must enjoy travel and meeting people. The queen will represent the 78th festival and become the good-will ambassador for the oldest state chartered harvest festival and the City of Morgan City.
The 78th queen will be required to travel to the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Louisiana Cotton Festival, Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Louisiana Fur and Wildlife, International Rice Festival, Louisiana Yambilee Festival, Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival, Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Greater New Orleans Floral Trail and Louisiana Strawberry Festival. Travel and miscellaneous expenses are paid by the festival.
The queen must abide by all rules and regulations of her host festival while attending. She will also be required to attend the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ Mardi Gras Ball in Washington, D.C. Before embarking on the trip to Washington, D.C., she will be honored at a luncheon hosted by Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife in Baton Rouge.
Another requirement is to attend the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals convention in Baton Rouge. All authorized travel expenses will be paid by the festival.
The queen or her parents must maintain a residence in St. Mary or lower St. Martin during the term of her reign. She must remain single throughout her reign.
If the queen cannot fulfill her reign requirements due to marriage or for some other reason, the festival shall consider the crown vacated and all privileges and duties of the queen shall revert to one of the crown princesses, at the festival’s choice.
The woman chosen to represent the festival must relinquish all other beauty titles, other than high school or college, and as festival queen may not enter any beauty contest during her year as queen.
She must conform to all festival regulations as queen and must not conduct herself in any manner other than that befitting of a queen.
The 78th coronation and ball will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Information and applications may be obtained by calling the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival office at 985-385-0703 or requests may be made to P.O. Box 103, Morgan City, La. 70380.
Deadline for submitting applications is May 31.