[AMITE, La]– On April 2, the 2018 Amite Oyster Festival Royalty was crowned at Amite High School, one queen being Southeastern student and Sigma Sigma Sigma member Kasey Blackwell.
After reigning over the 2017 Amite Oyster Festival held March 17 – 19, it was time for the 2017 royalty to say goodbye and crown their successors.
2017 Miss Amite Oyster Festival Queen Kallin McDaniel crowned Blackwell as the 2018 Miss Amite Oyster Festival Queen, passing on the coveted crown, banner, train and mantle.
Blackwell, a junior general studies major, had competed for the title four previous times.
Blackwell’s sister Samantha was the 2012 Miss Amite Oyster Festival Queen, and she believes experiencing her sister’s reign is what inspired her to carry on the family tradition.
“Once the shock wore off, I was pretty excited, very grateful and honored to be chosen to represent Amite, the festival, and the oyster industry,” Blackwell said.
Blackwell will spend her time traveling to various fairs and festivals throughout the state of Louisiana during her reign this year as well as compete in February 2018 at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant.
Fellow Sigma Sigma Sigma sister and the 2017 Miss Italian Festival Queen Hailey Lemay says she is ecstatic for her friend’s success and to reign with her this year.
Lemay said, “Kasey was so supportive of me representing a festival so close to my heart, so I cannot wait to do the same for her and watch her achieve her dreams.”
Along with Blackwell, the new 2018 Amite Oyster Festival Royalty are: Petite Queen Ivy Roberts, Little Miss Queen Kenlee Anthony, Jr. Miss Queen Breeanna Thompson, Deb Miss Queen Lauren van Mullem, Teen Miss Queen Ana Claire McKneely, 2018 Pearl Irene Brumfield and 2018 King Tom Ed Brumfield.
Members of this royalty will reign over the Amite Oyster Festival held March 15-17, 2018.