44th Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Oct. 10-12, 2019

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta 44th Anniversary!!!

Come Celebrate With Us!!!

Oct. 10-12, 2019







ZTF Cookbook

Our cookbook
“Cookin’ It Up for 40 years”
is now on sale!

2019 Tamale Fiesta Court


Alison Garcia

Teen Miss

Keeley Garcie


Pat Rivers

First Lady

Karen “Tiny” Parrie

2019 Tamale Fiesta King, Pat Rivers

Your 44th Annual Zwolle Tamale King is Pat Rivers. Pat is one of nine children born to the late Ben and Kate Rivers.  Pat grew up in the area known as Blue Lake. Growing up, Pat and his siblings helped run their parents’ store, Rivers Grocery. It was located at their new homestead after having to move due to the construction of Toledo Bend. He is a 1969 graduate of Ebarb High School where he played Forward and Center for the Class C State Runner Up basketball team. Pat and his wife of 44 years, Connie, have three children: Derrick Rivers, Alicia Lang, and Tiffany Winkle. They also have three granddaughters, Ashley, Katelyn, and Tayler. He is employed at Rivers Builders Supply where he has taken pride in his job for the past 46 years. He is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where he ushers and oversees the church festival bingo. Pat and his family have been volunteers for the Tamale Fiesta for many years. He has donated his time for the past few years overseeing the cooking of our fabulous Zwolle Tamales. Pat is always willing to lend a helping hand. He has always been a behind-the-scenes man and never seeks recognition for any of his good deeds. His hobbies include hunting, running his rabbit dogs, raising quails, pheasants, and rabbits, and anything else that his Tayler Jane tells him to do.  Pat feels it’s an honor to represent his hometown as the 2019 Tamale Fiesta King!



2019 Tamale Fiesta First Lady,  Karen “Tiny” Parrie

Karen “Tiny” Remedies Parrie was born to Frank and Johnnie Bell Remedies. She has two siblings; Eddie Remedies and Mary Parrie. Tiny grew up in Zwolle and attended Zwolle High School where she graduated in 1975. She also attends St. Joseph Catholic Church where she is a Sacristan.

Karen is married to James Patrick Parrie they have blessed with 45 years together as husband and wife. In addition, they are the proud parents of 4 children: Rachel and husband, Steven; Traci and husband, Jeremy; Staci and husband Aric; James, Jr. and wife, Chasity. She has 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with one on the way. Tiny, along with her family, was the 2009 Tamale Fiesta Poster Sponsor. She has worked numerous years helping and promoting the fiesta for many years.

Tiny retired from Zwolle High School in 2002 where she worked in the cafeteria. While working there, the cafeteria ladies would cook the tamales for the festival until someone else took the job over. After retirement she continued in the tamale making business and currently works in the family business, Frank’s Tamales; where they make and cook tamales for the festival as well as throughout the rest of the year.

She would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for her nomination and recognition of being named the First Lady of the Fiesta for the 2019-2020 reign and she is looking forward to representing the festival.

44th Annual Tamale Fiesta Royalty

BABY MISS – Amelia Speede

TINY MISS – Bexlee Henderson

TODDLER MISS – Sammy Jo Woods

PETITE MISS – Kevlyn Meshell

LITTLE MISS – Carsyn Garcie

DEB MISS – Kya Hunter

JUNIOR MISS – Chloe Carter

TEEN MISS – Keeley Garcie

QUEEN – Alison Garcia

KING – Pat Rivers

FIRST LADY – Karen (Tiny) Parrie

ROYAL PAGES – Kellen Cox & Hunter Remedies

Past Courts

YearQueenKingFirst Lady
1976Melissa Palmer HardbackPresident Rogers P. Loupe
1977Donna Sepulvado MontgomeryGarrett Walsh Sr
1978Pollie Sepulvado BrandonLoren Ebarb
1979Debbie Aaron PelosoE. B. Malmay
1980Lisa Knight KiperRogers P. Loupe
1981Deanna Fredieu WrightWilliam Palmer
1982Rhonda Henderson SpallerWoodrow Salter
1983Sara Lee MitchumQuinton Brandon
1984Suzette Martinez AndersonJohnny Boudreaux
1985Kim Salter AuldRobert Remedies
1986Tina Ezernack HeissFred Roberson
1987Gwen Norman MaddoxWilliam Hopkins
1988Stephanie Ezernack RemediesRichard Oosta
1989Mary Nimmo RicheyBobby Rivers
1990Tina Garcie WilkesJohn Patton
1991Bridget Martinez CorleySam A. Rivers Sr.
1992Emily CraigReasing Rivers
1993Staci Remedes AndersonJohn H. Procell
1994Brandy Rivers CatheyFred J. Ezernack
1995Summer Sepulvado HarperJames Q. SalterRuth Loupe
1996Cherryl Sepulvado MeshellSamuel CrossLois Salter
1997Darci BassJake ProcellLena Cross
1998Julie Stewart DraperCarson RiversPhyllis Murdock
1999Crissy Sepulvado BarmerFreddie RiversEvelyn Hopkins
2000Angel Rivers SaundersChris LoupeBecky Loupe
2001Nina Brandon BrownLarry CryerMary Cryer
2002Jodi Williams KezerleRoger LopezGloria Thompson
2003Amanda K. Ezernack StricklandFloyd GiblinPriscilla Craig
2004 Autumn Burkett LaffitteMike GunterMartha Henderson
2005Leanna MarKay Martinez TylerBill LeoneLady Jane Patton
2006Monique Jones RiversRaymond RemedesIva Lee Meshell
2007Brandi Cholei StoutDavid Garcie“The Late” Karen Rials
2008Kayla Shanette SepulvadoJackie CraigSusan Giblin
2009Cally Lang KillingsworthJim HouseCarolyn Rivers
2010 Taylor WrightSam A Rivers Jr.Yvonne Busby
2011 Patten Gribbin PearsonAlbert Ezernack Jr.Charlene Leone
2012Larissa Phillips ArbuckleStanley GarciaAnn Martinez Rivers
2013Regan AndersonHarold StewartSissy Leone
2014Jami Lee LeboeufPat ProcellJoanne Sepeda
2015Emmalee Suzanne LewingGarrett Walsh JREdith Palmer
2016Halleyana SepulvadoLee McCannCindy D. Ezernack
2017William RuffinJoy Stewart
2018Skylar EzernackGJ “Pie” MartinezRose Martinez
2019Alison GarciaPat RiversKaren “Tiny” Parrie