Wednesday, August 27, 2008

In the Know

The Louisiana Association of Fairs & Festival is by far the most organized festival system in the nation, with small towns and industries all over the state really supported by these events. Their ambassadors are their queens, who go to other festivals and festival pageants all year, showing their support and encouraging people from other towns to visit theirs. For the most part unlike the catty claw-filled stereotype of the pageant circuits shown in movies and on tv, these girls often speak of a sisterhood and camaraderie to their shared experience. 105 of them came to see the Frog Queen crowned. At left, an 18-inch tiara was the tallest crown of the night. At right, a sea of queens, fronted by Strawberry (looking a bit put out) and Catfish (having a better time).

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