Registration open for Miss Gonzales Jambalaya

Contributed Report
reigning 49th Jambalaya Queen, Holly Stelly

The Jambalaya Festival Association proudly announces its 50th Annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival and its 50th Coronation of Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival 2017. All young ladies living in Ascension Parish between the ages of 18 and 23 are invited to join in the 50th Annual Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Queens Pageant.

Young ladies interested in competing for this title can download a registration form on the Jambalaya Festival website at or contact the Pageant Director at

The 50th Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen will be crowned on Saturday, May 27 on the Main Stage of the Festival Grounds. The competition will include interviews before a panel of three judges on Friday evening, May 26. There will also be onstage evening gown modeling and an onstage question on Saturday Morning. The interviews will be held in the Jambalaya Festival Building located on S. François, behind the Kids Kove Discovery Park and the Pageant will take place on Saturday Morning May 27on the Main Stage of the Festival.

The JFA will hold a mandatory informational meeting in the Jambalaya Building on May 22at 6 p.m. All interested contestants must attend.

The 50th Miss Gonzales Jambalaya will spend a year representing the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival by traveling around the state of Louisiana, as an honored guest, to many of the state’s largest and most unique festivals and fairs. She will compete in the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens pageant held in Baton Rouge in early 2018 and will have the opportunity to travel with a contingent of community leaders from the Parish to visit Gonzales' sister city in Meylan, France.

As many of the previous Jambalaya Queens will attet,”You have not seen our great state until you see it through the eyes of a Queen”!!

To commemorate the significance of this event, the Jambalaya Festival has also commissioned a custom crown designed in collaboration with Camilla Ford of Gabriella Rothschild’s and created by Moan Couture Designs of New York. The one of a kind crown will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The JFA has chosen to retire all Children’s titles and the Miss Teen Gonzales Jambalaya title at this time.

We will no longer host a Children’s Pageant” said Laurina Conger, Pageant Director. “We would like to focus our attention and efforts on our Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen as we return to our festival roots for this milestone event. What better way to celebrate our 50th Anniversary than to honor our deeply held traditions!”