A letter from Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2013

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2013 Stevi Girouard

As my year of the 2013 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Queen is starting to come to an end, I sit here and look back at the wonderful memories I have made along the way. After being crowned in May I knew that I would have to hit the ground running with traveling for the next year to promote such a wonderful festival and organization. Throughout my travels I have had the opportunity to climb sugar hills in New Iberia, pick oranges in the orange groves in Plaquemines Parish, and pick strawberries in the strawberry fields in Ponchatoula. Along with these travels I have had the opportunity to share this year with my wonderful World Champion Jambalaya cook, Scott Duplechein. From serving jambalaya with him to actually competing in a jambalaya cooking contest, it has been an honor to say the least. I have made the greatest friendships with my “rhinestone sisters” and will always cherish the wonderful memories.

Of course this year could not have been possible without the amazing Jambalaya Festival Association and all of their continuous support throughout the year. They have truly made me feel a part of the family and their hard work and dedication made my year representing them worth it. Reigning over the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival last May was the greatest honor I have had, and I pray that I have made them proud throughout my reign.

At this time I would like to invite any girls ages 18-23 that reside in Ascension Parish to compete in the 2014 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival pageant on May 3, 2014. This is truly an experience of a lifetime that you do not want to miss out on. Forms are now available on www.jambalayafestival.org. Thank you to everyone that has made this remarkable year one for me to remember. I truly value all of the love, support, and memories I have gained throughout this year.

Yours truly,

Miss Gonzales Jambalaya 2013

Stevi Girouard