Candidates shall be high school graduates by not less than one year, shall never have been married, pregnant, or given birth to a child.
All candidates must be a least 18 years of age and not more than 23 years of age by Jan. 1 following the festival.
Prospective young women and their parents shall be residents of east St. Mary Parish and/or lower St. Martin Parish. Candidates should have attended at least their senior year in an east St. Mary Parish high school.
All interested candidates must enjoy travel and meeting people.
The young woman selected as queen of the 77th festival will become the goodwill ambassador for the oldest state-chartered harvest festival and the City of Morgan City as she travels statewide promoting the festival and the city.
She will be required to travel to the following Louisiana festivals: Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Louisiana Cotton Festival, Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Louisiana Fur and Wildlife, International Rice Festival, Louisiana Yambilee Festival, Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival, Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Greater New Orleans Floral Trail and Louisiana Strawberry Festival.
The new queen is encouraged to attend, when possible, all other festivals to which she is invited.
The festival pays travel and miscellaneous expenses. The queen must abide by all rules and regulations of her host festival while attending.
She will also be required to attend the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ Mardi Gras Ball in Washington, D.C. Before embarking on her trip to Washington, D.C.
She will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the governor and first lady of Louisiana held in Baton Rouge. The queen will be joined by other queens and many Louisiana representatives and dignitaries.
Another requirement would be to attend the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention in Baton Rouge.
The festival will pay all authorized travel expenses.
If by some chance the parents of the new queen should move from the area, the queen must maintain an area residence during the term of her reign. The queen must remain single during the year of her reign.
In the event the queen should marry or something may cause her not to be able to represent the festival, the festival shall consider the crown vacated and all privileges and duties of the queen shall revert to one of the crown princesses, at the festival’s choice.
The young woman chosen to represent the festival must relinquish all other beauty titles, other than high school or college, and as festival queen may not enter any beauty contest during her year as queen.
She must conform to all festival regulations as queen and must not conduct herself in any manner other than that befitting of a queen.
The 77th coronation and ball will be held Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Information and applications may be obtained by calling the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival office at 385-0703 or requests may be made to P.O. Box 103, Morgan City, La. 70381.
Deadline for submitting applications to the festival office is May 31.