Louisiana Cotton Festival Under Way
October 11, 2016
The 2016 Louisiana Cotton Festival kicked off tonight (Tuesday) at the Civic Center with the popular Contredanse (Cajun Square Dancing) and the crowning of the king and queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The new Heritage Manor King is Elridge Vidrine, age 89 from the Faubourg area. Mr. Vidrine and his wife, Miss Rose were Contredanse dancers for over 20 years. Vidrine replaces the late Andrus Chapman who was last year’s King. Vidrine has 5 children, 10 grand children, three step grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
The first runnerup to the king is Joseph Eddie Dangler, 81 from the Lawtell/Church Point area.
The new Heritage Manor Queen is Gertrude Soileau age 75 of the Vidrine area. She has one daughter. She replaces Miss Bobbie McCauley age 77.
The first runnerup to the Queen is Rita Robinson age 77 of Ville Platte.
Providing the Cajun music for the event was Lennis Soileau and his Cajun band.
Entertaining the standing room only crowds were the official ambassadors for the Cotton Festival: the Cotton Pickers under the direction of Renee Brown and Karen Soileau. The Cotton Pickers are: Rebekah Brown, daughter of Chris and Michelle Brown; Brook Soileau, daughter of Kirk and Karen Soileau; Madison Fontenot, daughter of Dane and Pam Fontenot; Callie Pitre, daughter of Mitch and Kimberly Pitre and Katherine Brown, daughter of Chris Brown.
The young Contredanse dancers performed for the nursing home royalty and the crowds of people. This year’s dancers: Lilly Blankenship, daughter of Bruce and Sharon Blankenship; Grace Bordelon, daughter of Melanie and John Bordelon; Beau Fontenot, son of Shelly and Joey Fontenot; Sawyer Jagneaux, son of Yvette and Tracey Jagneaux; Keyonna Celestine, daughter of Cierra Arvie and Oliver Celestine Jr., Aidan Johnson, son of Chasity Johnson; Stephanie Vidrine, daughter of Coralie and Jason Vidrine; Max Soileau son of April Mothes and Curt Soileau; Joani Prudhomme, daughter of Angie Cormier and Mitch Prudhomme; Shanijah Edwards, son of Shemeaka Malveau and Nathaniel Dick; Ava Kordish, daughter of of Schuyer and Shelly Kordish; Hailey Bordelon, daughter of Joseph and Patti Bordelon; Lillian Stanfield, daughter of Justin and Destiny Lafleur; Susan Lafleur, daughter of Justin and Destiny Lafleur; Hannah Arabie, daughter of Dustin and Miranda Arabie; John Bordelon, son of Johnny and Melanie Bordelon; Deana Blankenship, daughter of Bruce and Sharon Blankenship; Marlinskie Viltz, son of Wesley Wenfrey and Sharon Viltz; Joshua Williams, son of Vasean and Jamie Williams; Baily Williams, daughter of Vaean and Jamie Williams; Shakaylie Dick, daughter of Nathanie Dick and Shneaka Malveaux; Kaislyn Lafleur, daughter of Michelle Brownand Jeremy Lafleur and Leslie Forman, son of Kim Leger and Shenandoah Forman. The dancers are under the direction of Anita Fontenot and Melanie Soileau.