NEW IBERIA, La. - The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association is honored to announce King Sucrose LXXIX, David Wayne Thibodeaux.
New Iberia native and General Manager of St. Mary Sugar Cooperative, Inc., David Thibodeaux is a descendent of sugar cane farmers. After the passing of his father in 1961, his family farm was sold.
Thibodeaux worked in the oil and gas sector prior to beginning his sugar career 36 years ago at Jeanerette Sugar Cooperative, Inc. Sugar continues to run through his veins to this day.
His contribution to the industry includes serving on various boards, including Sugar Grower & Refiners, Inc.; Louisiana Sugar Cane Products, Inc.; Teche Mills, LLC; American Sugar Cane League; American Sugar Cane League Foundation and the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists.
Thibodeaux and his wife of 43 years, Fran Alvarado Thibodeaux, look forward to celebrating the 79th Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival on September 23-26 with their family and community who have helped him reach this milestone.
Other 2021 festival honorees include:
Mr. Iberia: Paul Schexnayder
Festival Honorees: Jeff & Sharon Jolet
Festival Grand Marshal: Hester Patout Bourdier