56th Annual Farm Bureau queen crowned last Sunday, March 2
The Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and 56th Annual Queen’s Contest was held Sunday, March 2, at the Northside Civic Center.
President Richard Fontenot welcomed everyone and introduced his wife, Rhonda Fontenot, who gave the invocation. Fontenot then thanked everyone who helped make the evening possible.
J.D. Fontenot announced the nominees for the board of directors, and the financial statement was then presented by Scotty Fontenot.
Richard Fontenot began his president's report by stating Louisiana has been through a lot of changes in the past year, noting for the first time in 20 years, the state has a new commissioner of agriculture. He said Mike Strain is a good guy and a long-time friend and supporter of Farm Bureau. He said there was a lot of fluctuation this past year, and a lot of historical things have been happening. He noted there was a large increase in the production of corn, as it is the key ingredient in producing ethanol. He said production of corn increased by about 40 percent, but it is not enough to keep up with the demand. He added things are looking good this year as other commodities compete with corn. He closed by saying the state convention in New Orleans had a large turn out, and Kathleen Berzas did a wonderful job representing the parish. He also mentioned the many programs available through Farm Bureau, such as the car seat program, scholarships and discount prescription plans.
Willard Fontenot presented the insurance report and thanked his staff for all of their hard work and dedication. He noted the Evangeline Parish office was number 16 throughout the company. Winston Fontenot added Farm Bureau is a name you can trust and discussed the many services provided by the company.
Richard Fontenot presented a short film on tractor safety before the queen’s pageant began.
Following the meeting and short film, the 56th Annual Farm Bureau Queens Pageant was emceed by Diana Fontenot. After the visiting royalty and judges were introduced, outgoing queen Kathleen Berzas gave her farewell address. She admitted she was never a queen until she won her title last year and she said learned a lot. She thanked the women’s committee, especially Rhonda Fontenot. Tammy Lamke and Diana Fontenot who were a big help at the state pageant. She also thanked her mom for being her chauffeur and hair and make up artist, and her dad for watching over her.
After Berzas’ farewell address, the new queen was announced. Erin Mayeaux, the 16-year-old daughter of Randy and Suzanne Mayeaux of Vidrine, was named Farm Bureau Queen. The brown-haired, brown-eyed beauty attends Sacred Heart High School, where she is a member of many organizations, including 4-H, FBLA, SUFA, SADD, pep squad and the choir.
She is also a member of the track and swim teams and serves as the vice president of her class. She has received several awards, including first place at the district parliamentary procedures contest, eighth place at the national parliamentary procedures contest, and first place at district and seventh place at nationals in public speaking. Her hobbies include swimming, shopping, reading, making jewelry and painting.
Kathrin Deshotels, the 17-year-old daughter of Jay and Paula Fruge of Ville Platte, was named first runner-up to the new queen.
As the new queen, Mayeaux will represent the Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau at many fairs, festivals, and Farm Bureau events throughout the next year.