The Louisiana Cotton Festival kicked off Tuesday night with two traditional events: the Contredanse and the crowning of the King and Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The activities took place at the Ville Platte City Center with a large crowd of well wishers and family members.
The new Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing home is Andree LeBas age 70 who replaces last year’s queen, the late Florence Manuel. LeBas has one daughter and one grand daughter. She enjoys card games, exercising, social parties, music and community outings. She is a retired pharmacy tech.
Selected as First Runnerup to the Queen is Sue Guillory. Sue enjoys working puzzles, bingo games, arts and crafts, religious activities and outings.
The new 2012 Heritage Manor King is Pershing Jack DeVille age 80. He replaces last year’s king: Andrew Chapman. Deville has one son and two grandchildren. He served in the Korean War. He is a retired state employee and enjoys hunting and fishing.
The first runnerup to the King: Roland Cloutier age 87. He is a retired jockey who raced in tracks throughout the state. He became a trainer and owner of race horses. He is a veteran of World War Two. He enjoys woodwork and race horses.
Those in attendance enjoyed the traditional cajun swuare dance known as Contredanse featuring adult dancers and a youth group of dancers. Also participating in the event were the 2012 Cotton Pickers singers.
Oldies 92.5 KVPI was there covering the event live for our listeners who could not attend the event in person.