Saturday arrived, and we enjoyed a semi-lazy morning, complete with a trip to the nail salon to see Big Daddy and solving a small hairdo crisis. The afternoon arrived, so off to Ville Platte to the Louisiana Cotton Festival Pageant we went. The rich tradition of the Cotton Festival and its royalty were so apparent, and I had an absolutely lovely time. It was also great getting to visit with my Teen sister queen, Ralynn O'Brien! After taking pictures, we took a short drive to Lafayette and met Lady Ray*la*ne Heather Hickey Fox at Prejean's for dinner - again, shall I say Yum!
After a few wrong turns on Sunday, we finally found Le Tournoi. For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, knights on horses try to spear rings representing the seven evils of cotton (boll weevil, boll worm, rayon, nylon, silk, draught, and flood - who said that pageants are not educational). It's a wonderfully unique event, and a great excuse to tailgate!
A special thank you to Ms. Kelli Buller, the Cosgrove-Richard family, and Amanda LaBorde for making this such a festive weekend. Can't wait to see where we end up next!
With the new Louisiana Cotton Festival Queen
My beautiful Teen Sister Queen, Ralynn O'Brien and our director, Amanda Thille
With Amanda LaBorde, Heather Fox, and a giant alligator at Prejean's in Lafayette
Tailgating with the Queens at Le Tournoi
With Amanda LaBorde, Woman Natchitoches Meat Pie Queen