Jambalaya Queen bids farewell with letter

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
2012 Gonzales Jambalaya Queen Meredith Claire Conger.

My year as the 2012 Gonzales Jambalaya Queen is slowly winding down - and though I am sad it’s coming to an end - looking back, I realize I have had an absolutely amazing reign. I have traveled over 3,695 miles across the state of Louisiana and to Washington, DC representing the Jambalaya Festival and City of Gonzales. I have picked Oranges in the Orange groves of Plaquemines Parish, learned how to sew a bag of harvested rice in Crowley, picked fresh Strawberries on the farm of the Ponchatoula Strawberry King, and went crawfishing in Breaux Bridge - just to name a few. During my travels I have made many memories and friends that will last a lifetime and for that, I am forever grateful.

This year could not have been complete without the amazing support system and family I have in the Jambalaya Festival Association. All I could hope for this year is to have made them proud. I was lucky to have an amazing Jambalaya World Champ, Danny Robert, by my side this year. We have had so much fun serving Jambalaya in our community at the Senior Citizens sock hop, the Gonzales Veteran’s Day Celebration and Dreams Come True Fundraisers. He and his helper, Kurt, are always such good sports about the numerous pictures my wonderful "queen mother" insists on taking and they always keep me laughing! I am truly a lucky girl to have had this year as queen and to have forever gained a second family in the Jambalaya Festival Association.

With the 2013 pageant steadily approaching I am excited to meet all of the lucky ladies vying to become the next Miss Gonzales Jambalaya and to have the best year of her life representing this amazing organization. The pageant will be held May 4th at the Gonzales Civic Center. Any girls’ ages 17-22 and a resident of Ascension Parish interested in competing please visit or contact Pageant Director Elise Tureau for more information and forms!

Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support this year,

Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2012

Meredith Claire Conger