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Pierce reigns over 44th annual French Food Festival

Pierce reigns over 44th annual French Food Festival

Julia Marie Pierce of Larose will reign as this year’s 44th Annual French Food Festival Queen. Julia is the daughter of Mark and Jody Pierce of Larose and has one brother, Mason Pierce. Julia is a recent graduate of South Lafourche High School and now attends Nicholls State University as a freshman studying accounting and finance, hoping to one day become a Certified Public Accountant.

During high school Julia was very active in South Lafourche High School’s National Honor Society, Tarpon Swim Team, a member of 4-H, Student Council, the Math and Science Club and a peer mentor. Julia is a member of Nicholls’ SPA organization and also volunteers twice a week in the Larose Civic Center Office. Julia is a bayou girl with a big heart and a civic minded spirit! Julia is also a very proud godmother to two year old Elliot Dozar of Houma, Louisiana.

Julia has grown up at the Larose Civic Center, visiting her very first French Food Festival at only three months old. She was a swimmer for the recreational swim team the Larose Lasers for 13 years and was also a player with Larose Youth Basketball for 8 years. Julia has also assisted in setting up Wild Game Supper as well as being a server during the event for the past several years. Along with her family, Julia has also volunteered in several booths including the Hot Dog Stand and the Boucherie Stand where her Dad is still an active volunteer.

Julia comes from a long line of civic center volunteers, including her grandparents, Loraine and Rufus Pierce who started helping at the 1978 Bouillabase Festival (which later became today’s French Food Festival) and continue through today with Mrs. Loraine still making sweets and her famous Bouille tarts for the senior citizen’s festival sweet shop. Mrs. Loraine also served as a Bayou Civic Club Board Member, worked for the Lafourche Parish Council on Aging and served as the Senior Citizen’s manager for a time. She also inducted into the Bayou Civic Club Hall of Fame in 1996 and was a festival booth chair manning the Hot Dog Stand with her family including children and grandchildren. Julia’s father, Mr. Mark Pierce, for many years, has helped in the park, cooking for Wild Game Supper and happily helping with more French Food Festivals as he can count. He and his wife, Jody, began helping with his family’s Hot Dog Stand, later moving to the Boucherie Stand, with the Trosclair family, where he still cooks today. Mr. Mark and his brother, Mr. Steve Pierce and his brother in law Mr. Rocky Dozar (posthumously) in were all inducted into the Bayou Civic Club Hall of Fame in 2016.

Julia’s best festival food is the pork routee, she also loves her Dad, Mark’s, gratons and she loves the cool Octobers, when Mr. Bob Faulk, makes his special corn soup! Her favorite thing about French Food Festival is “that the whole community comes together to have a great time!” Julia invites everyone to join her on October 27, 28 and 29th at the 44th Annual French Food Festival… visit for more information and a full schedule of events!