Zwolle Tamale Fiesta 44th Anniversary!!!
Come Celebrate With Us!!!
Oct. 10-12, 2019
AUG. 19TH TAMALE PAGEANT
SEPT. 14TH POSTER UNVEILING
SEPT. 23RD QUEEN'S BALL
OCT. 7TH FIESTA TRAIL RIDE
ABOVE EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT FESTIVAL GROUNDS
“Cookin’ It Up for 40 years”
is now on sale!
2018 Tamale Fiesta Court
G. J. “Pie” Martinez
2018 Tamale Fiesta King, G.J. “Pie” Martinez
G.J. “Pie” Martinez will reign over the 2018 Tamale Fiesta. Martinez considers himself blessed by the town he represents and is honored. G. J. “Pie” Martinez is the son of Catherine Sepulvado Martinez and the late G.L. “Chooch” Martinez of Zwolle. He is the oldest of three brothers, Eddie, Pat and the late A. T. “B.B” Martinez and one sister, Ann Martinez Harris.
Pie married Agatha Sepulvado and they are the proud parents of four children, Lisa wife of Richard Deville of Moss Bluff, Paula wife of Clark Rivers, Carla wife of Henry Rivers and son, Keith Martinez husband of Monique Martinez all of Zwolle. G.J. “Pie” Martinez has been awarded numerous awards in which some include, Logger of the Year, Outstanding Community Service award, Who’s who in Leading American Executives, received the Diocesan Metal for Service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, In the Louisiana Loggers Hall of fame, he even helped establish the Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival and that’s just a few of his many awards and accomplishments. G.J. “Pie” currently serves as the Mayor of Zwolle.
G.J. “Pie” Martinez, logging contractor, master logger, civic servant, mayor, husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague is excited about being named this year’s Tamale Fiesta King and hopes to see you at this year’s festival.
2018 Tamale Fiesta First Lady, Rose Martinez
On September 19, 1943, I was born to Jessie Ebarb and Rita McComic. My dad has passed away, but my mom is alive and well. She has lived to be 94 years old! In December, she will be 95. My companion of 14 years, Thurman Webb, is with me as I begin this year as First Lady of the 43rd Zwolle Tamale Fiesta. Life is good
I have 8 sisters, 2 brothers, and 7 children – Gayle Morgan and husband Randy, Allen Martinez and wife Susan, Scott Martinez (deceased), Darlene Coker and husband Kerry, Suzette Anderson and husband Clint, Eileen McLain and husband Pat and Brad Martinez – along with one special grandson who was raised as a son, Leslie Martinez, Jr. Now the family has grown even more. I have 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren – the latest granddaughter being only 10 days old. I am very proud of every one of them.
I am a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and volunteer there as well as at the St. Vincent D ’Paul organization. My hobbies are few. I enjoy gardening, dancing, riding 4-wheelers, cutting grass and cooking.
Years ago at the beginning of the Tamale Fiesta, the founder of the festival, Mr. Rogers P. Loupe, asked me to help make some tamales to realize his vision for Zwolle. Of course, I said yes! The kids didn’t get too excited because they knew it would be lots of work. But, for several years, the kids, my dear friend, JoAnne, and I made lots and lots and lots of tamales.
The Fiesta has become even more precious to me since then. Aside from making tamales for the festival, for the trail ride and the silhouette matches, my family and I have been involved in various aspects of the Fiesta over the years. My daughter Suzette Anderson reigned as queen in 1984, my grandson TJ was crowned Tiny King in 1990 and in 2013 my granddaughter Regan Anderson Jones was crowned queen and my grandson Braylen a Royal Page for this year’s festival and me – First Lady! How great is that?!?
43rd Annual Tamale Fiesta Royalty
BABY MISS – Lillie’Anne Worsham
TINY MISS – Emery Sepulvado
TODDLER MISS – Brooklyn Remedies
PETITE MISS – Selena Vela
LITTLE MISS – Sarah Walraven
DEB MISS – Chloe Carter
JUNIOR MISS – Michelle Hood
TEEN MISS – Canada Sepulvado
MISS – Skylar Ezernack
KING – G.J. “Pie” Martinez
FIRST LADY – Rose Martinez
ROYAL PAGES – Gunner Rivers & Braylon Etheridge
|1976||Melissa Palmer Hardback||President Rogers P. Loupe|
|1977||Donna Sepulvado Montgomery||Garrett Walsh Sr|
|1978||Pollie Sepulvado Brandon||Loren Ebarb|
|1979||Debbie Aaron Peloso||E. B. Malmay|
|1980||Lisa Knight Kiper||Rogers P. Loupe|
|1981||Deanna Fredieu Wright||William Palmer|
|1982||Rhonda Henderson Spaller||Woodrow Salter|
|1983||Sara Lee Mitchum||Quinton Brandon|
|1984||Suzette Martinez Anderson||Johnny Boudreaux|
|1985||Kim Salter Auld||Robert Remedies|
|1986||Tina Ezernack Heiss||Fred Roberson|
|1987||Gwen Norman Maddox||William Hopkins|
|1988||Stephanie Ezernack Remedies||Richard Oosta|
|1989||Mary Nimmo Richey||Bobby Rivers|
|1990||Tina Garcie Wilkes||John Patton|
|1991||Bridget Martinez Corley||Sam A. Rivers Sr.|
|1992||Emily Craig||Reasing Rivers|
|1993||Staci Remedes Anderson||John H. Procell|
|1994||Brandy Rivers Cathey||Fred J. Ezernack|
|1995||Summer Sepulvado Harper||James Q. Salter||Ruth Loupe|
|1996||Cherryl Sepulvado Meshell||Samuel Cross||Lois Salter|
|1997||Darci Bass||Jake Procell||Lena Cross|
|1998||Julie Stewart Draper||Carson Rivers||Phyllis Murdock|
|1999||Crissy Sepulvado Barmer||Freddie Rivers||Evelyn Hopkins|
|2000||Angel Rivers Saunders||Chris Loupe||Becky Loupe|
|2001||Nina Brandon Brown||Larry Cryer||Mary Cryer|
|2002||Jodi Williams Kezerle||Roger Lopez||Gloria Thompson|
|2003||Amanda K. Ezernack Strickland||Floyd Giblin||Priscilla Craig|
|2004||Autumn Burkett Laffitte||Mike Gunter||Martha Henderson|
|2005||Leanna MarKay Martinez Tyler||Bill Leone||Lady Jane Patton|
|2006||Monique Jones Rivers||Raymond Remedes||Iva Lee Meshell|
|2007||Brandi Cholei Stout||David Garcie||“The Late” Karen Rials|
|2008||Kayla Shanette Sepulvado||Jackie Craig||Susan Giblin|
|2009||Cally Lang Killingsworth||Jim House||Carolyn Rivers|
|2010||Taylor Wright||Sam A Rivers Jr.||Yvonne Busby|
|2011||Patten Gribbin Pearson||Albert Ezernack Jr.||Charlene Leone|
|2012||Larissa Phillips Arbuckle||Stanley Garcia||Ann Martinez Rivers|
|2013||Regan Anderson||Harold Stewart||Sissy Leone|
|2014||Jami Lee Leboeuf||Pat Procell||Joanne Sepeda|
|2015||Emmalee Suzanne Lewing||Garrett Walsh JR||Edith Palmer|
|2016||Halleyana Sepulvado||Lee McCann||Cindy D. Ezernack|
|2017||William Ruffin||Joy Stewart|