Evangeline beauty crowned 2008 queen
By Pam Venissat
CROWLEY – Six beauties from surrounding cities of Acadiana arrived on Saturday, October 18, 2008 to compete for the title of the 2008 and 72nd International Rice Festival Queen.
Drawing a large crowd, the main sound stage was the prime focus of the fair grounds on this bright Saturday morning. Family and friends of these lovely young ladies held up signs and cheered for their favorite contestant.
Following days of preparation, an interview with the judges, a formal introduction and on stage question these six girls were eagerly awaiting the final decision from the prestige panel of judges.
Although it could have been anyone of these six well deserving contestants, in the end there was only be one to be crowned as queen. At 10:40 a.m. the final scores were in and the 2008 queen was announced!
The newly appointed ambassador to represent the City of Crowley and the International Rice Festival as it’s 72nd Queen is Devin Angelle Babineaux, daughter of Stacey Rasberry. Miss Babineaux is currently attending Louisiana State University at Eunice.
Her court included first alternate Hope Lee Mestayer, daughter of Tab and Kim Mestayer and representing the City of Lake Charles.
Selected as the second alternate was Ariel Mire, daughter of Pebbles and Corwin Mire and representing the Festival Ra*La*Ne.
Miss Katherine Miller, the 2007 Miss Crowley title holder was chosen as Miss Congeniality.
Visiting queens from across the state came to watch the pageant and invite all to come out and enjoy their own individual festivals.
Delores Nutt’s Rice Festival Dance Troope provided everyone with great entertained. They gave an outstanding performance that rocked the stage to several jazzy beats.
Devin will serve as the official ambassador for the International Rice Festival and will travel to surrounding festivals as a visiting queen representing her title. She will also have the opportunity to go on various trips dealing with the rice industry.