Prairieville resident has new sweet title

It’s the sweet life for the next year for Prairieville resident and LSU senior Meredith Conger, 22.

Conger was crowned Louisiana Queen Sugar LXXII on Sept. 28 during the 72nd annual Louisiana Sugarcane Festival in New Iberia.

Conger, 2012 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya, was one of 12 contestants vying for the title, which was held by Mary Claire Simoneaux, an Assumption Parish native.

Conger said she prepared for the pageant by visiting with former King Sucrose Warren Harang, a sugar-cane farmer.

“Mr. Warren taught me a great deal about the sugar-cane industry, and I was able to see it firsthand,” Conger said.

She also studied the economic impact the sugar-cane industry has on the state, how many jobs it employs and different issues sugarcane farmers are facing today.

“Most importantly I learned that sugarcane farming is a labor of love and in my opinion, employs some of the hardest working and dedicated people in the state of Louisiana,” she said.

As Queen Sugar, Conger will travel to fairs and festivals around the state and will attend the Washington Mardi Gras Ball promoting the sugarcane industry and the Louisiana Sugarcane Festival of New Iberia.

Conger, the daughter of Mark and Laurina Conger of Prairieville, is a senior at LSU pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in political science.