Local Queens Shine at LAFF

[Walker, LA]– 2017 Miss Walker Pine Tree Festival Queen Mackenzie Johnson captured her Top 15 slot at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens pageant on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals crowned their new 2017 LAFF Queen of Queens after the weekend competition. Julian Devillier, Miss Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Queen, captured the prestigious title, but Johnson managed to rank in the Top 15 out of the 66 contestants.

Johnson said, “You can’t even begin to imagine how excited making Top 15 made me. To be chosen and held in the highest regard out of 66 other incredible young ladies is a complete honor. I couldn’t be more humble or blessed.”

Miss Walker Pine Tree Festival Mackenzie Johnson holding her Top 15 pin she was awarded at Queen of Queens. Photo credit: Mallorie Sanders

She competed against girls from festivals and fairs throughout the state including the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Queen Katie Robinson, Amite Oyster Festival Queen Kallin McDaniel, Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival Queen Carlie Vaccaro, Tangipahoa Parish Fair Queen Heidi Carrier, and the Tickfaw Italian Festival Queen Hailey Lemay.

Robinson and Carrier also won a spot in the Top 15 as well, with Robinson placing 1st runner up to Devillier.

The Walker Pine Tree Festival pageant director Stacy McMorris is incredibly excited for her queen and for the continued growth of their festival.

“Mackenzie making Top 15 helps put our small festival on the map. This just goes to show everyone that it isn’t your budget or size that counts, but the hard work and dedication by those involved that truly make a difference,” McMorris said. 

Johnson will continue to travel the state of Louisiana representing, networking and will reign over the 2017 Walker Pine Tree Festival May 5-7, 2017.

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