INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Acadia and Jeff Davis Volunteers for Family and Community Club members serving as hostesses for the 82nd International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Ann Marie Credeur, Stella Guidry, Betty Miller, Jane Loewer, Lois Richard; first row standing, Kate Bangle, Mary Alice Pastor, Sharon LeBlanc, Adrianne Vidrine, Brandi Martin, Babs Simon, Amber Menard, Sharon Romero, Ernie Freeman, Ella Thevis; second row standing, Elaine Chatagnier and Tracie Breaux.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
4-H Junior Leaders/Ambassadors assisting with the 82nd International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, front row from left, Hannah LeBlanc, Lauren Stewart, Lauren Hoffpauir, Harley LeBlanc, Branson Melancon, Eulalie Cormier, Lily Gauthier, Caroline Gauthier; back row, Amanda Cormier, Cameron Fusilier, Sean Myers, Dominic Dupre and Gabe Hebert.

IRF Cookery Contest Hostesses, 4-H Junior Leaders recognized

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
On hand for the presentation of Tri-Color Awards in the 2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were,from left, Letha Vincent, contest chair; Kane Webb, USA Rice; Laurie Bellard of Lafayette, Adult Division Tri-Color winner; Kody Arton of New Iberia, Teen Division Tri-Color winner; Natalie Hulin of Evangeline, Intermediate Tri-Color winner; Mary Jemison, USA Rice; and Paula Stewart, contest co-chair. Emma Trahan of Kaplan, who could not be present because she was in school, was the Children’s Division Tri-Color winner and was also selected as the Junior Chef de Riz.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Children’s Division of the 2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Nathan Trahan, Phyllis M. Benoit, Gene Daigle, Sharon Core; standing, Eric Loewer, Diane P. Miller, Melanie Lormand, Jean Menard and Harold Miller.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Intermediate Division of the 2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Fr. Jason Vidrine, Johnny Simon, Don Alleman, Jessica Guillot; standing, Carey Lawson, Warren Guidry, Casey Young and Rose Breaux.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Teen Division of the 2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, April Thahan Sheila Wagner, Lynn Broussard, Brad Core; standing, Jerod Punty, Janet Touchton, Rhonda Bussy, Becca Higgins and Benji Guillot.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Adult Division of the 2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Congressman Clay Higgins, Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard, Kathryn Loewer, Emily Stoma; standing, Alan Lawson, Larry Rayder, Debbie LeBlanc, Traci Breaux, Heather Cloud and Lelia Thrasher.

2018 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest winners named

The annual International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest was held Friday, Oct. 19, and saw a total of 120 dishes entered.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The winners of the youth fiddle contest were, from left, Owen Meche, second; and Alyssa Theriot, first.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The winners of the adult fiddle contest were, from left, Ailee Pardi, first; and Mary Harris, second.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The winners of the youth accordion contest were, from left, Ames Meche, third; Jace Goulas, second; and Kyle Leblanc, first.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The winners of the adult accordion contest were, from left, Brandon Broussard, second; and Kegan Navarre, first.

Musical prowess on display in fiddle, accordion contests

Before most festival-goers had fully recovered from their Friday night revelry, contestants in the International Rice Festival’s Fiddle and Accordion Contests were tuning up behind the Cramer Equip

THE POST-SIGNAL / Steve Bandy
A lot of the success of the annual Rice Festival is due to the volunteers. Here, Amber Thibodeaux Hargrave and Marsha Hebert prove their dedication to the festival by staying at their post even when the rains came Saturday night.

82nd Festival a success

The 82nd International Rice Festival is in the books — and it’s listed as another success.

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