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.
LAFF kicked off on Thursday evening with their Taste of Louisiana. IRF showcased a delicious rice dressing, tasty Rice Krispy Treats with green sprinkles and red rice Martinis featuring J.T. Meleck Vodka.
Over the four-day celebration, alongside many other fairs and festivals, the group attended a trade show, the 2020 LAFF Queen’s Contest and a number of informational seminars.
On Saturday evening, marketing awards were presented in four divisions.
The International Rice Festival received the following awards in Division Four:
• Best Website;
• Best Brochure; and
• Festival of the Year.
This marked the third consecutive year that the Crowley festival has come home with the prestigious Festival of the Year honors.
“This Festival of the Year award is for everyone who has worked tirelessly to make this festival what it is today”, said Shanna Monk, festival coordinator. “Along with the sponsors and volunteers, the board of directors is dedicated to the betterment of this festival.
“It takes great leadership — and we have just that.”
The IRF will soon be announcing its 84th president and sponsorship opportunities.
For more information regarding the festival, please contact the office at 337-783-3067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 84th International Rice Festival will be held Oct. 15-18 in downtown Crowley.