[Baton Rouge, LA]– Hailey Lemay will be representing Southeastern at the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention and Queen of Queens Pageant on Feb. 2-5, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.
The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals hosts their annual convention and Queen of Queens Pageant every February. The convention is a weekend long event where fairs and festivals throughout the state can network with other organizations and promote their community or commodity in a beneficial way. They also have a chance to be recognized for their success and contribution to LAFF throughout the year.
Each of the fairs and festivals in Louisiana have a queen who travels the state to represent their organization and also gains the opportunity to become the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens.
This title requires attending the convention and competing in interview, costume and evening gown competitions. The winner of this prestigious title receives a custom crown, banner and scholarship money at the end of her reign.
Hailey Lemay, junior family and consumer science major, is the reigning 2017 Miss Italian Festival Queen and will be competing at the Queen of Queens Pageant this weekend.
Lemay said, “I am most excited about representing my festival and town of Tickfaw at LAFF. I can’t wait to show what the Italian Festival has to offer, as well as let my personality shine in competition.”
Stacy McMorris, Southeastern alumna, is the Walker Pine Tree Festival Pageant director and credits her strength in directing to her time at Southeastern.
McMorris said, “I took many courses during my time at Southeastern that greatly prepared me for the leadership role that I hold now. I do not think that I would be the director that I am today without the experience I gained at Southeastern.”
The 2017 Walker Pine Tree Festival Queen, Mackenzie Johnson, is eager to test her luck at Queen of Queens and looks forward to a great experience. Johnson said, “LAFF convention shows off our great state and the many different cultures and industries that we treasure.” Johnson is looking forward to the competition because that is where she learns how to improve on her weaknesses and show off her strengths.