Zwolle Tamale Fiesta 42nd Anniversary!!!

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42nd Annual
Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Oct. 12-14, 2017

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Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen - 2008

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen – 2008

As this amazing year comes to an end, I realize it’s time to pass this wonderful opportunity to another lucky young lady.

Where has the year gone? This past year, I have traveled over 6,000 miles, attending over 45 fairs, festivals and pageants. I have gotten to do many exciting things along the way, including judging pageants, frog racing in Rayne at the Frog Festival, shucking corn in Bunkie at the Louisiana Corn Festival, buying jelly in Starks at the Mayhaw Festival, watching as Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed at Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days and, of course, attending the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta. From the helicopter on educational day to watching Larissa blow the competition out of the water in the tamale eating contest, I had a blast. I’m also proud to say that my first dance at the fiesta was with the best dancer in Sabine, Floyd Giblin.

I also got to meet many new and exciting people like Wayne Toups, James Burton, T. Graham Brown, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and many, many more. When you have such an outstanding year, there are many people who are responsible.

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Donald Etheridge for sponsoring me in the pageant and for your other support through the year. Next is Ms. Debbie Nichols, who made many things possible for me. Thank you. Mrs. Cheryl and Chelsea, you two were a lifesaver. Every time I needed my makeup or hair done, you never hesitated. So thanks so much for always doing whatever you could to help me. I am very grateful to have people like you in my life.

Ambres, thanks for doing my hair for the pageant last year, and thanks for coming to Queen of Queens with me to do my hair and makeup. Your finished product always looks amazing. Mrs. Glenda and Brandi, thank you for helping me prepare for the pageant last year and for your love and support. And next up, where would I be without the support of my board? You are all amazing. I saw first hand how much you do for the festival. You volunteer your time and effort to make this festival one of the best in the state, and you pull it off every year. It has been an honor and privilege to represent your town and festival. You all are like one big family and you welcomed me with open arms. My successor doesn’t know how lucky she will be to have a board like you.
To my pageant directors, Brandy and Cheryl, you two ladies work hard to put on the best pageant. Thank you for all your hard work. Mr. Jackie Craig, my king, it has indeed been an honor to serve at your side. Your help and support throughout this year means more than words can ever express. You are a wonderful person. I can never forget two very special people that stood by me when I was crowned last year. They helped me carry all my things to the car and make sure I didn’t forget anything. These people are Allie Ebarb and Zach Parrie. Thank you two for all your love and support. I love you. And to my first lady, Susan Giblin, you are a beautiful person inside and out. You always made our times together fun and exciting, and I have thoroughly enjoyed you this year. I never want to lose contact. Oh, and I always loved watching you and Mr. Floyd dance.

To my Teen Queen Larissa: Wow! Where do I start. We started out not knowing much about each other, but now I can truly say that I have found a friend that will last a lifetime. You are full of life and a beautiful person inside and out. I know one day you will make Zwolle proud when you are crowned queen. Always remember to hold your head high through every obstacle you face and always keep your goals in sight. Good luck in everything you do. To my two pages, Ethan Craig and Daulton Laroux, you two are wonderful. You were at my side throughout the year and did whatever you had to do to make everything perfect. I know my cape was heavy but you handled it like little men. Thank you and I love you both. Steven, I know you are not all that crazy about the pageant world, but thanks for not complaining too much. Your love and support was greatly appreciated this year. You are a wonderful person and I can’t thank you enough for all your help this past year. I love you. Mama and Daddy, I wouldn’t be here without your support this past year. I know you sacrificed a lot to make sure my dress looked amazing and my hair was out of sight and I can’t express how grateful I am for that. I know you hope this is the last pageant I’ll do, but you never know what the future holds. Thanks for being there when I needed you and never complaining about me wanting to go to every event that I possibly could. I know I cost a ton of gas money this year, and I love you both. To my rhinestone sisters, Leanna, Kelli, Callie, Hannah, Whitney, Paige, Mollie, Haley, Deidre, and Christen, thanks for welcoming me with open arms and I hope you know that each of you hold a special place in my heart. I know this isn’t a goodbye, it’s more like I’ll see you later. My rhinestone sisters have made my year so special. Thanks again. Finally, to my successor. You have a year full of new places, new friendships, and an opportunity of a lifetime. It goes by fast, so remember to not hold back, be sure to make new friends, wear your crown with pride, and most of all, make sure to have fun along the way. Oh, and start your scrapbook early. So, for the last time… Looking for a little spice in your life? Well, come on down to the hottest festival around. Proudly representing the Town of Zwolle, I am and forever will be your 33rd Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen, Kayla Sepulvado.

 

As this amazing year comes to an end, I realize it’s time to pass this wonderful opportunity to another lucky young lady.

Where has the year gone? This past year, I have traveled over 6,000 miles, attending over 45 fairs, festivals and pageants. I have gotten to do many exciting things along the way, including judging pageants, frog racing in Rayne at the Frog Festival, shucking corn in Bunkie at the Louisiana Corn Festival, buying jelly in Starks at the Mayhaw Festival, watching as Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed at Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days and, of course, attending the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta. From the helicopter on educational day to watching Larissa blow the competition out of the water in the tamale eating contest, I had a blast. I’m also proud to say that my first dance at the fiesta was with the best dancer in Sabine, Floyd Giblin.

I also got to meet many new and exciting people like Wayne Toups, James Burton, T. Graham Brown, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and many, many more. When you have such an outstanding year, there are many people who are responsible.

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Donald Etheridge for sponsoring me in the pageant and for your other support through the year. Next is Ms. Debbie Nichols, who made many things possible for me. Thank you. Mrs. Cheryl and Chelsea, you two were a lifesaver. Every time I needed my makeup or hair done, you never hesitated. So thanks so much for always doing whatever you could to help me. I am very grateful to have people like you in my life.

Ambres, thanks for doing my hair for the pageant last year, and thanks for coming to Queen of Queens with me to do my hair and makeup. Your finished product always looks amazing. Mrs. Glenda and Brandi, thank you for helping me prepare for the pageant last year and for your love and support. And next up, where would I be without the support of my board? You are all amazing. I saw first hand how much you do for the festival. You volunteer your time and effort to make this festival one of the best in the state, and you pull it off every year. It has been an honor and privilege to represent your town and festival. You all are like one big family and you welcomed me with open arms. My successor doesn’t know how lucky she will be to have a board like you.
To my pageant directors, Brandy and Cheryl, you two ladies work hard to put on the best pageant. Thank you for all your hard work. Mr. Jackie Craig, my king, it has indeed been an honor to serve at your side. Your help and support throughout this year means more than words can ever express. You are a wonderful person. I can never forget two very special people that stood by me when I was crowned last year. They helped me carry all my things to the car and make sure I didn’t forget anything. These people are Allie Ebarb and Zach Parrie. Thank you two for all your love and support. I love you. And to my first lady, Susan Giblin, you are a beautiful person inside and out. You always made our times together fun and exciting, and I have thoroughly enjoyed you this year. I never want to lose contact. Oh, and I always loved watching you and Mr. Floyd dance.

To my Teen Queen Larissa: Wow! Where do I start. We started out not knowing much about each other, but now I can truly say that I have found a friend that will last a lifetime. You are full of life and a beautiful person inside and out. I know one day you will make Zwolle proud when you are crowned queen. Always remember to hold your head high through every obstacle you face and always keep your goals in sight. Good luck in everything you do. To my two pages, Ethan Craig and Daulton Laroux, you two are wonderful. You were at my side throughout the year and did whatever you had to do to make everything perfect. I know my cape was heavy but you handled it like little men. Thank you and I love you both. Steven, I know you are not all that crazy about the pageant world, but thanks for not complaining too much. Your love and support was greatly appreciated this year. You are a wonderful person and I can’t thank you enough for all your help this past year. I love you. Mama and Daddy, I wouldn’t be here without your support this past year. I know you sacrificed a lot to make sure my dress looked amazing and my hair was out of sight and I can’t express how grateful I am for that. I know you hope this is the last pageant I’ll do, but you never know what the future holds. Thanks for being there when I needed you and never complaining about me wanting to go to every event that I possibly could. I know I cost a ton of gas money this year, and I love you both. To my rhinestone sisters, Leanna, Kelli, Callie, Hannah, Whitney, Paige, Mollie, Haley, Deidre, and Christen, thanks for welcoming me with open arms and I hope you know that each of you hold a special place in my heart. I know this isn’t a goodbye, it’s more like I’ll see you later. My rhinestone sisters have made my year so special. Thanks again. Finally, to my successor. You have a year full of new places, new friendships, and an opportunity of a lifetime. It goes by fast, so remember to not hold back, be sure to make new friends, wear your crown with pride, and most of all, make sure to have fun along the way. Oh, and start your scrapbook early. So, for the last time… Looking for a little spice in your life? Well, come on down to the hottest festival around. Proudly representing the Town of Zwolle, I am and forever will be your 33rd Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen, Kayla Sepulvado.