The 2013 Texas Rice Festival President is Nelwyn Antoinette Leger, known to her friends as “Sissy”. Born to Marie Daigle and the late Joe Daigle in Port Arthur, Texas. At age 12, her family moved to the Fannett area. After graduating from Hamshire-FannettHigh School in 1979, she worked at Beaumont Bone and Joint Clinic in Beaumont, Texas.
She married Stuart Leger in November 1980 and has lived in Hamshire since then. They have three children Kim Hill of Hamshire, Kelly Burford of Stowell and Russell Leger of Hamshire. Sissy also has three grandchildren, Jackson Burford, Hallie Burford and Jade Hill. She is a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Fannett, Texas, where she serves on the church cleaning committee.
She has been involved with the Texas Rice Festival since 1984, serving as chairman of the Diaper Derby, Miss LaPetite and the Senior Queen Pageant. She currently is serving as co-chairman of the Dignitary Hospitality Room along with her husband Stuart. She has also served on the Board of Directors and various other committees.
Sissy considers it an honor and privilege to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community and to the area youth. She would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers that have put so much time and effort into making the festival a success.
She hopes everyone comes out and has a great time at the 44th Texas Rice Festival!