Bear Festival Queen Crowned
Nikki Pennison, left, officially began her reign Saturday as the 2013 Miss Queen of the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival. Outgoing queen Robin Nicole Marcel, right, relinquished her crown on the sound stage during the festival in Franklin. Nikki is the 18-year-old daughter of Rene and Tammy Pennison of Morgan City. She is a 2012 graduate of Morgan City High School and attends Nicholls State University. The queen travels to festivals throughout the state to promote and represent Franklin and the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival. During her year as queen, Robin traveled almost 9,600 miles to attend some 63 events.