PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

September 19, 2013

Pecan Fest Court announced, festival starts today

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Organizers with the Texas Pecan Festival are keeping an eye on the sky and an open line to weather experts.

Ronnie Boneau, executive manager of the Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center, said Brad Corley, co-chair of the event, will hold a conference call with the National Weather Service on Thursday regarding possible rainy weather later this week.

“We have had a lot of calls about the parade,” Boneau said of the event scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. “The answer is, the co-chairs will make the decision. Should they decide to cancel or postpone the parade they will notify the media who will notify the public.”

Organizers are looking at what may be  a record breaking year with upward of 600 Mega Passes, which allowed the bearer unlimited carnival rides, sold by Wednesday afternoon. Last year a total of 747 of the passes were sold.

The Texas Pecan Festival begins Thursday at Lion’s Park. The carnival only will be open from 5 to 11 p.m.



Pageant

The 2013 Texas Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant was held Sept. 14. The winners include: Texas Pecan Queen Mercedes Candiloro, 1st Runner-up Makinsey Nicole Chipman, 2nd Runner-up  Kaylee Kyler, 3rd Runner-up Morgan Nicole Lewallen, Miss Congeniality Mercedes Candiloro.

Texas Pecan Princess Keni McAdams, 1st Runner-up Brook Olivia Clark, 2nd Runner-up Madylin Rogers.

Texas Pecan Junior Miss Josie Mary Collazo, 1st Runner-up Preslee Makaila Clark, 2nd Runner-up Hailey Nicole Passmore, 3rd Runner-up Layla Brooke Stansbury.

Texas Pecan Countess  Isabelle Marie Colin, 1st Runner-up Rylee Nicole Rojas, 2nd Runner-up Hannah Dudley, 3rd Runner-up Lydia Veronica Garza.

Texas Pecan Duchess Caroline Faith Powers, 1st Runner-up  Hannah Mae Walker, 2nd Runner-up Karleigh Paige Gil, 3rd Runner-up Layla Elise Blakeman.

Texas Pecan Little Miss Jaleigh Richard, 1st Runner-up Sophia Marie Ochoa, 2nd Runner-up Scarlett Josephine Patxot. 3rd Runner-up Avie Nicole Jackson

Texas Pecan Petite Miss Marquise LeeAnn Gassen, 1st Runner-up  Olivia Alyse Richard, 2nd Runner-up Hollierose Bryony Justice, 3rd Runner-up Haleigh Kay Hand.