NO ICE CHESTS PLEASE
Please visit the Festival Beer Booth and help keep the Festival FREE!
Please drink responsibly... Designate a driver!
Official poster, t-shirts and other festival souvenirs are available at the Festival Souvenir Booth located at Parkerson and 5th Street.
The First Day of the International Rice Festival is recognized as "Children's Day".
Special events include the Official Opening of The Festival by the International Rice Festival President,
Crowning of the Junior King and Queen, Rice & Creole Cookery Contest, Rice Eating Contest and The Children's Parade.
9:00 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
Opening remarks by Elizabeth Monk
82nd International Rice Festival President
Introduction and remarks, Miss Kathryn Shea Duncan
2017 - 81st International Rice Festival Queen
Welcome to the Festival
The Honorable Greg Jones - Mayor
TUMBLING TOTS & TEENS
RICE & CREOLE COOKERY CONTEST
Exquisite Creole cuisine prepared by men and women from throughout Southwest Louisiana and Texas. These dishes are prepared from rice and rice by-products. From the Winners will be selected the Master Cook of Rice or "Chef de Riz".
APPLICATION - CLICK HERE
MORE INFO - CLICK HERE
CORE DANCE CENTER
OPENING OF OUTDOOR ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Outdoor display of Fine Arts & Crafts by 70 Area Artists & Craftsmen. Ribbons, Judging & Prizes.
Sponsored by - The Crowley Art Association, Inc.
Located in Levy Park
(Between 3rd & 4th Streets and Avenue I & J)
CHILDREN'S JUNIOR KING & QUEEN CONTEST
INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL DANCE TROUPS
CROWNING OF THE CHILDREN'S JUNIOR KING & QUEEN
These young ladies and men represent the first and second grades of
Acadia Parish Schools.
Crowning By the Acadia Parish Superintendent of Education Mr. & Mrs. Scott Richard.
Trophies sponsored by J.C. & Suzy Webb
INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL DANCE TROUPE
THE INTERNATIONAL RICE EATING CONTEST
When it comes to eating rice, everyone is a winner, but for this special occasion we have challenged the champion eaters from throughout Southwest Louisiana to participate. May the Best man Win!
NEW NATIVES BRASS BAND
RICE & CREOLE COOKING CONTEST AWARDS
Presented By Letha Vincent
RICE GRADING and SHEAF AWARDS
Presented By Jeremy Hebert
County & Parish Agent / LSU Ag Center
One hour spectacular that focuses on the use of rice in the making of floats and decorations by Acadia Parish Schools
This Year's Theme will be
"RICE - THE SUPERHERO OF GRAIN"
Parade route is from Courthouse to 2nd Street, then up Parkerson
Avenue back to the Courthouse Downtown Crowley
School Float Trophies donated by LAFAYETTE SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
82nd INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
RUTHIE WELCH PIRON
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
5:30 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.
5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
7:45 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
NIK L BEER