Mayor Greg Jones and Deborah Nutt served as co-hosts as the 75th International Rice Festival crowned a visibly shocked and excited Macy LeBlanc as their queen.
Macy Michelle LeBlanc, daughter of Dana and Arthur LeBlanc, is representing the Evangeline Oil and Gas Festival. Macy’s favorite subjects are design, English and Math. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. Macy’s hobbies include baking, traveling, scrapbooking, painting and she love to support the UL Ragin’ Cajuns.
LeBlanc was one of five contestants vying for the crown Saturday morning. She wore a stylish red formal which was fitted at her narrow waist and covered one shoulder. The waistline was embellished with intricate rhinestone designs, with a touch of the same at the shoulder. The graceful A-line skirt flowed as she competed.
As the temperatures began to rise from their early morning counterpart, more and more people gathered around the Cajun Country Rice Sound Stage to cheer on the contestants. Throughout the pageant signs with numbers of all the contestants and cheers of their names and numbers could be seen and heard.
During the pageant, each contestant was asked a question by the emcees. The interview serves as a way for the contestants to showcase their speaking abilities. In her interview, Leblanc spoke about her “favorite Christmas” involving the giving of gifts to underprivileged children in Jeff Davis Parish.
“It made me feel good to know that I helped people have a good Christmas who would have other wise had no Christmas at all,” said LeBlanc.
Joining LeBlanc as contestants were, Kayla Louise Kebodeaux, who is the daughter of Larry and Connie Kebodeaux and was sponsored by the Crowley Professional Women’s Club; Kirstie Mae Bieber, who is the granddaughter of Evelyn Bieber, and represented the women’s ministry organization of Mowata Baptist Church; Kaylee Ann Beaubouef, who is the daughter of Donna and Adam Beaubouef and represented the Easter on the Red River Festival; and Angelle Marie Thomassee, daughter of Geralyn and Keith Thomassee, who represented the Acadia Parish Queens Pageant.
As the judges deliberated, the International Rice Festival Dance Troupe, known as the “Ricettes,” provided entertainment, dancing to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “On The Floor.” LeBlanc was introduced as Miss Congeniality of the pageant.
Before the queen was crowned, however, the 74th International Rice Festival queen, Andre Lyons, addressed the crowd and thanked everyone who helped over the year, including her family and she had a few words for the new winner as well.
The crowd looked on as Jones and Nutt announced the queen and her court.
Named fourth runner-up was Kirstie Bieber. Third runner-up was Kayla Kebodeaux and second runner-up was Kaylee Beaubouef. Angelle Thomassee was named first runner-up. As part of her new duties and responsibilities as queen, Leblanc will be the ambassador of the International Rice Festival and she will oversee next year’s festival.