King Sucrose LXXVI | Daniels Wallace Duplantis, Jr.

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Daniels Wallace Duplantis, Jr. has been chosen to reign as King Sucrose LXXVI over the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival to be celebrated in New Iberia on September 21-24, 2017.

Dan Jr., a native of Raceland, is the eldest son of Daniels Sr. and Loretta Duplantis.  Dan Jr., his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have played an integral part of the sugarcane culture in Lafourche Parish.   Dan Jr. is a graduate of Central Lafourche High School and Nicholls State University. During his college years, he worked for South Coast Sugars and has worked at Raceland Raw Sugar under M.A. Patout & Son, LTD LLC for the last 21 years. In 2014, Dan Jr. accepted the position of Vice President and General Manager of Raceland Raw Sugar, which has seen continued improvements in milling and overall company growth under his leadership.

Dan Jr. is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL), and has served on other committees within the league such as the National Legislative Committee, the Finance Committee, the Dedicated Research Committee, and the Public Relations Committee. Dan Jr. is also currently serving on the Sugar Advisory Committee for Nicholls State University.

Dan Jr. has been married to Stephanie Albert Duplantis for 22 years. They have two children, Alexandra and Cade Duplantis. Dan Jr., who has spent his entire adult life serving the sugar industry, also enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors – especially hunting and fishing.