Samuel Houston "Sammy" Theriot

Sam Theriot is no stranger to either the festival or the public. Sam served as a board member, Vice-President, and President of the Dairy and Cattle Festivals from 1974 through 1996. It was under his presidency that the festival changed from Dairy to Cattle, honoring both the dairy and beef industries. Always a proud and huge part of the Theriot family, the Dairy and Cattle Festivals have always been led by a member of the family, especially since Sam regards current festival president Francis Plaisance like a brother.

Sam started the concept of downtown booths partnering with non-profit civic, religious, and school groups to serve during the festival as their main fundraisers. He expanded the Fais-Do-Do night to a full weekend event. Together with local 4-H leaders, he enlarged the local livestock show into a statewide show. As Parade Chairman, he developed the King and Queen’s Parade into one of the largest and most attended in the state.

Sam was elected a Board Member, Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals from 1977 though 1984. So respected and recognized for his contributions to state tourism, Sam. was elected as Louisiana’s Fair and Festival Person of the Year in 1996 and inducted into the LAFF Hall of Fame in 1997.

Sam is probably most remembered for his unselfish public service to Vermilion Parish and Louisiana as Abbeville City Councilman, State Representative and Clerk of Court. Sam currently resides with his wife Mary and son Jacob in Lafayette and teaches Honors classes at Zachary High School. He is also completing his Ph.D. in higher Education at Louisiana State University.