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!

2018 Tamale Fiesta Court


Skylar Ezernack

Teen Miss

Canada Sepulvado


G. J. “Pie” Martinez

First Lady

Rose 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

Past Courts

Year Queen King First Lady
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