Wallace Richard Ellender III has been selected to serve as King Sucrose LXXIV and will reign over the annual Louisiana Sugarcane Festival held in New Iberia from September 24 – 28, 2015.
Working with his brother and nephew, Ellender, a 5th generation sugarcane farmer, cultivates the same land his great-great-grandfather, Thomas Ellender, farmed in 1853. The farming operation of nearly 4,000 acres spreads across Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.
After graduating from South Terrebonne High School, Ellender earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University in 1977. Comfortable in work clothes as well as a suit, Ellender works tirelessly for Louisiana’s 219-year-old sugarcane industry on the American Sugar Cane League Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2003, and for which he served as president from 2010-2012. Over the years, he also served on and chaired numerous other committees within the Board, including the National Legislative Committee, as well as being a past president of the American Sugar Cane League Foundation.
Not that he isn’t busy enough, in 2010, Ellender founded the Crosby Tug, Bobby Hebert, Tournament On The Bayou – an annual golf tournament he still chairs benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Over the past five years, the tournament has raised almost $500,000 for cystic fibrosis research.
A native of Bourg, Ellender is married to Theresa-Marie Hart Ellender. He has three children, Christopher, Annie and Katie, and is the proud grandfather of Greer, 12, Charlie, 7, Avery, 8, and Coralie, 3. When not sitting in the tractor seat – or serving the ASCL or raising money for CF research — Ellender enjoys playing golf, hunting, rooting for anything LSU, and spending time with his family