2014 Miss and Teen Andouille Queens crowned this evening

Published 11:45 pm Friday, October 3, 2014

By Monique Roth

RESERVE — Tonight at 7 p.m. seven local young ladies will hit St. John Theatre’s stage and compete for the titles of 2014 Miss Queen and 2014 Teen Queen in the annual St. John the Baptist Parish Miss and Teen Andouille Queen Pageants.

Pageant Director Dana Milioto said the pageants will take place simultaneously, with the $10 tickets available at the theatre’s box office starting at 6 p.m.

The theatre is located at 115 W. 4th St. in Reserve.

Three contestants — Heather Roussel, Brittany Lambert and Erin Duhe — will vie for the 2014 Miss Andouille Queen title.

Roussel is the 17-year-old daughter of Roger and Lori Roussel of LaPlace. She is being sponsored by her parents.

Lambert is being sponsored by Roussel’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Douglas and Penny Lambert of Reserve.

Duhe, the 23-year-old daughter of Faron and Donna Duhe of Garyville, is being sponsored by Inspectorate America.

Four contestants — Haley Walker, Lacey LeBouef, Abbie Duhe and Riley Edwards — will vie for the Teen Andouille Queen title.

Walker is the 16-year-old daughter of Michele Giordano and Steven Walker of Mt. Airy. She is being sponsored by St. John Parish District Attorney Tom Daley.

LeBouef, the 14-year-old daughter of Lance and Angelle LeBouef of Reserve, is being sponsored by St. John Parish Sheriff Michael Tregre.

Duhe is the 14-year-old daughter of E.J. Duhe Jr. and Allison and Mark Maurin of Reserve. She is being sponsored by Complete Land Services.

Edwards, the 15-year-old daughter of Rick and Kelly Edwards of LaPlace, is being sponsored by Robert Hymel of Edward Jones and Robbie “Gernie” Wintz Tomeny.

The competition for each division consists of an interview and on-stage promenade.

The Miss Division will also include an on-stage question during the evening gown portion.

Pageant organizers plan to send everyone back in time with tonight’s program, with this year’s pageant theme set as “Twisting the Night Away.”

Entertainment for the program includes queens and contestants performing an opening dance number to “You’re the One That I Want” from the musical “Grease.”

Theater staple Lance Ural will perform as Elvis, and Taylor Rebowe, the 2013 Miss St. Charles Parish Queen, will perform a solo dance to “Dance With Me Tonight.”

Kristina Colletta, 2009 Miss Andouille Queen and a volunteer on the Andouille Pageant Committee, will sing her rendition of “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and the Junior Competition Team from Dance Etc. will be showcasing their winning dance number to “Hit the Road Jack.”

Milioto said the Andouille Queens travel to many fairs and festivals throughout the year, representing Louisiana’s rich culture and promoting the St. John Parish Andouille Festival.

The queens will reign over the 2014 Andouille Festival Oct. 17-19, as well as participate in various parish and community events as ambassadors for St. John Parish.

The Miss Queen will compete in the Louisiana Queen of Queens Pageant held in February, and both queens will serve as the mistresses of ceremony at the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants on Oct. 19 at the St. John Community Center.