Gerald’s Donuts owners Richie and Jennifer Lewis sponsored the 2012 Donut Eating contest and are big fans of Domino Sugar. “Gerald’s uses 26 tons of Domino’s a year,” Lewis said.
Director of Tourism Gidget McDougal and Assistant Tourism Director Sherry Constance handing out the new 2012 St. Bernard Parish tourism maps and giving visitors information about the history of Old Arabi.
Yuuichi Naraoka spent the afternoon dancing to the music at the 2012 Old Arabi Sugar Fest.
Domino employees Leslie Franklin, Sandy Cosse, Tom Braniff, retired Domino employee Rita Gill, and employee Anna Cacioppo manning the Domino Sugar booth.
Presli Mire and Peggy Perniciaro
Linda M. Gaudet of The St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community painted faces children at the festival.
Joshua Michele of Arabi took home the first place trophy in the 2012 Donut Eating Contest.
Alex Carballo and Brooke Brown showing off their painted faces.
Lynn Thibodeaux, Doris Hunsinger, Joyce Henry, and Muriel Simon of Arabi were glad to see the sunshine hold out for this year’s festival.
Arabi native Irene Sage coordinated the music for the festival this year and kept the crowd energized with music acts like the CHS Jazz Band, Papa Grows Funk, Bonerama, her own Irene Sage Band.
The 2012 Old Arabi Sugar Fest was one of the most attended yet, according to Sugar Fest committee member and Domino employee Tom Braniff.
“I think this is the biggest I’ve seen,” said Braniff excitedly. “We love the Sugar Fest because it allows us to get out and meet our neighbors.”
The festival was right on the heels of Domino’s announcement of their record-breaking accomplishment: it was the first US factory to produce 1 billion tons of product in a single year.