The Queen's Pageant, held prior to the festival, officially kicks off the festival, and the Louisiana Pecan Festival Queen and her Teen Queen are selected from contestants from all over the State of Louisiana. Once selected, it is her duty to reign over the festival, attend the Queen's Ball held on the Friday night of the festival, and be the official ambassador to Louisiana's pecan industry.
Jessica Lynn Gray
The 48th Louisiana Pecan Festival Queen
Jessica Lynn Gray is the 19 year old daughter of Gary & Valerie Gray of Florien, Louisiana. She is a Sophmore attending Northwestern State University in Natchitoches majoring in Mass Communications. Her future plans include graduating from NSU, entering television journalism and becoming a local news anchor.
Jessica will spend her reign traveling across the state of Louisiana to different fairs, festivals and events representing and promoting the Louisiana Pecan Festival and the state's pecan industry.
Stay tuned to follow updates on Queen Jessica's year!
Click HERE for highlights of the 2016 Louisiana Pecan Festival Queen's Pageant.
Click HERE for highlights of the 2016 Queen's Ball