With last month's flood and two high school homecomings coming up Saturday, there may be no one left to compete in the Boucherie Festival Beauty Pageant in Sorrento.
While the younger age categories of pageant contestants have had some entries, no young women had signed up, as of Thursday afternoon, to compete for the “Miss Boucherie” top honors.
The beauty contest is planned Saturday at the Sorrento Community Center on Main Street.
“At this point, we fear we won’t have a ‘Miss Boucherie’,” said Heather Templet, vice-president of the Sorrento Lions Club, which organizes the pageant and festival.
“We had a ton of interest, and then the flood came,” Templet said.
“We understand,” she added.
The beauty pageant traditionally has been held a few weeks before the Boucherie Festival — "boucherie” is French for butcher; the Cajun tradition makes the slaughter and butchering of a pig a festive affair. This year, the festival is scheduled Oct. 21-23 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
First begun in Sorrento in the 1970s, the festival is making a comeback after an absence of six years.
Despite dealing with a flood-damage house, Heather Templet is still busy every day planning …
Scheduled originally for Sept. 17, the beauty pageant was to be held at the Sorrento Lions Club building on Joseph Street, but the building flooded last month, along with many other properties in Sorrento.
The club was able to rent the Sorrento Community Center for the event and rescheduled the pageant for Sept. 24.
“Unfortunately, what we didn’t realize is that St. Amant and East Ascension high schools have homecoming on Saturday,” Templet said.
Nevertheless, the show will go on, she vowed.
The pageant has been moved from its original time of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, to 2 p.m., for those who’d like to enter or view the pageant and go to homecoming, too.
Pageant entries are always accepted at the door, with a $10 late fee, along with entry fees that range from $70 to $130.
Conditions for the beauty pageant are a little different this year, but Templet said, “We don’t want this to be a damper on the festival” next month, with its music, crackling and jambalaya cook-offs, car show and fair rides.
“We want people to come out and enjoy it,” she said.