INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL

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On Saturday night, several volunteers, board members, and the International Rice Festival Queen attended the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals (LAFF) in Baton Rouge where the Rice Festival received awards for Best Brochure, Best Web-Site, and the coveted “Festival of the Year” in Division 4. This marks the third consecutive year the festival has won the “Festival of the Year” honors. Among those on hand to accept the honors were, seated from left, Jimi Joubert, 83rd International Rice Festival Queen; Connie Nutt, festival co-chair; Shanna Monk, festival coordinator; Josh Spell, general chairman; Deborah Whiting, 83rd Festival president; Suzy Webb, board member; standing from left, Docq Gaspard, Sybil Duncan, Kathy Duncan, Barbara LeBlanc, Julian LeBlanc, Cheryl Gaspard and Jeff Simon, board members; Kathryn Duncan, 81st International Rice Festival Queen; and J.C. Webb and Jared Monk, board members.

‘Festival of the Year’ 3-peat

This past weekend, members of the International Rice Festival Association attended the 89th Annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention held at the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge.

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Among the members of the board of directors of the International Rice Festival Association for 2020 are, from left, Julian Leblanc, member-at-large; Shanna Monk, festival coordinator; Ronda Richard, Tessa Richard, secretary-treasurer; Suzy Webb, 83rd International Rice Festival Queen Jimi Joubert, 83rd International Rice Festival Junior King Shaw Credeur, Josh Spell, general chairman; Connie Nutt, co-chair; Amy Pastor, Elizabeth Monk and Kevin Spell.

Festival Association elects new board members, officers for 2020

About 65 members of the International Rice Festival Association attended the recent Annual Meeting to learn how the 2019 festival fared and to cast their vote on three vacant board seats.

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Taking the top prizes in the 2019 International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, front row from left, Addyson Broussard, Junior Chef de Riz and Children’s Division Tri-Color winner; Madison Romero, Intermediate Division Tri-Color winner; back row, Michael Klein, USA Rice Federation; Letha Vincent, contest chairman; Brandi Martin, Adult Division Tri-Color winner; Amber Armentor, Teen Division Tri-Color winner; Laurie Bellard, Chef de Riz and Adult Division Tri-Color winner; and Kane Webb, USA Rice Federation.

2019 Rice & Creole Cookery Contest winners named

The annual International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest was held Friday, Oct. 18, and saw a total of 154 dishes entered.

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