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Pepper Popularity (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: St. Martinville, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-01-26

Duration: 00:08:11

Subjects: St. Martinville Pepper Festival | Tabasco sauce


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Melancon, Vicki Interviewee
  • Beard, Tommy Interviewee
  • Burke, Gerald Interviewee
  • Morris, Mike Interviewee


This segment from the January 26, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the popularity of hot peppers in south Louisiana. He visits the hot pepper eating contest at the Pepper Festival in St. Martinville and the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory in Avery Island. He interviews: Vicki Melancon, former pepper eating champion; Tommy Beard, contestant; Gerald Burke, contest winner; and Mike Morris of Tabasco. Host: Robert Collins