Alyssa Hughes crowned as the 2015 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen during the Jambalaya Festival Association’s annual Queen’s Pageant on Saturday at the Gonzales Civic Center.
Hughes and other queens crowned during the pageant and another event held Sunday will reign over the 48th annual Jambalaya Festival on May 22-24.
Grace Graugnard, of Geismar, was crowned the 2015 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen.
Contestants in the miss division included Dallas Lipoma, Kolbie Larimore and Hughes.
Contestants began the day with an interview competition in front of a panel of judges. Following interviews, contestants answered an onstage question and competed in the evening gown competition.
Outgoing Queen Lauren Blouin was presented in full train and mantle escorted by her father, Leon Blouin, onstage for her final walk as queen. Blouin called her reign the most memorable event of her life.
Dallas Lipoma was named second runner-up and Kolbie Larimore, first runner-up.
Hughes, 18, is the daughter of Preston and Pam Hughes, of Prairieville. She is a senior at Dutchtown High School. While attending Dutchtown, Alyssa began an awareness organization, “Sit Strap Save,” to raise awareness for proper child restraint in vehicles. She also served as a member of Dutchtown’s Allied Health Program and was a volunteer for the Special Olympics, Relay for Life and school fundraisers.
Competing for the teen title were Marlee Hebert, Jenna Cornett, Emilie Schwing and Grace Graugnard.
After answering an onstage question and participating in the evening gown competition, outgoing Teen Queen Berkley Parent gave her farewell address. Parent spoke of her travels as Teen Queen and thanked her parents for being there every step of the way throughout her year as queen.
Second runner-up in the teen division was Jenna Cornett and first runner-up was Emilie Schwing.
Graugnard is the 16-year-old daughter of James and Rebecca Graugnard. A sophomore at Dutchtown High School, Graugnard is a member of the Griffin Girls dance team, National Beta club and Spanish club. She was recently appointed sophomore historian for the school Student Council and maintains a 4.5 grade-point average.
Before the competition, Blouin and Parent hosted Queen’s Day events, which welcomed 21 visiting queens from across Louisiana. The queens participated in a mini-pot jambalaya cooking contest. Jeff Parent, father of Teen Queen Berkley Parent and 2007 World Champion, instructed queens on how to cook a mini-pot jambalaya.
On Sunday, more than 50 girls and boys took part in the children’s pageant.
Titles were awarded to:
BABY KING: Dannon Smiley, 1, son of Jared and Misty Smiley
JUNIOR KING: Kalep Korner, 4, son of Miki Martin and Brent Korner
BABY MISS: Demi Labbe, 9 months, daughter of Ben and Courtney Labbe
TODDLER MISS: Lexi Tripp, 1, daughter of Marty and Dena Tripp
TINY MISS: Brooklyn Hebert, 3, daughter of Michelle Gordon and Brock Hebert
PETITE MISS: Makaela Buratt, 5, daughter of Shawn and Rebecca Buratt
MINI MISS: Chloe Bumgardner, 8, daughter of Rachel Laborde and John Bumgardner
DEB MISS: Kyleigh Pearson, 9, daughter of Kevin and Lanie Pearson
JUNIOR MISS: Ava Savoy, 12, daughter of Ricky and Tiffany Savoy.