The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize DEBORAH NUTT WHITING as the 2019 International Rice Festival President.
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 83rd International Rice Festival, the oldest and largest agricultural festival in Louisiana. This festival has a proud tradition of honoring our rice industry and the farmers who help keep this grain growing.
I hope you enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Come by and enjoy the food, parades, musical entertainment, contests - from queens to rice eating, carnival rides and all the special activities that make up this grand festival.
The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize MAYOR GREG JONES as the 2018 Grand Parade Honoree of the Year.
The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize JOHN E. BROUSSARD, JR. as the 2018 Honoree of the Year.
Johnny and his wife, Gail, live in Fairfax,
VA. Prior to moving to Fairfax in 1978, he and Gail lived on North
Avenue F in Crowley. Johnny was active in the International Rice
Festival, serving as International Rice Festival President in 1977
and as an active member of St. Michael’s Church.
Johnny and Gail have four children: John, Claire, David, and Nicole.
The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize GERALD FREY as the 2018 Farmer of the Year.
Gerard was born and raised in a rural community called Shortbread, northeast of Iota in Acadia Parish. He is a fourth-generation farmer, fourth and youngest child of Sylvester and Helen Reiners Frey. Gerard has one sister Anne and two brothers, Francis and Gilbert.
Married to Dana Clements of Morgan City, they have no children but have an adopted grandson, Brayan Jasso.Read More
The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize BENJAMIN FAULK as the 2018 Junior Farmer of the Year.
Benjamin is the 19 year old son of Thomas and Gretchen Leonards Faulk. He has 4 sisters: Jennifer Kidder (Shiloh), Andrea Guidry (Chris), Hannah Katira (Kris) and Anne Catherine. His brothers are Luke and Jack. His nephews and niece are Matthew, Joseph, Raj and Olive. Benjamin is the grandson of Leonard L. “Buck” Leonards and the late Bobbie Link Leonards and the late Chester Faulk and Dolores Walton Faulk McKellar.Read More
The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize RUTHIE PIRON as the 2018 Children's Parade Grand Marshall.
The children of this city, whether they have walked through the doors of my gym or not, hold a special place in my heart. In disbelief of being selected, I am forever grateful and look forward to this experience.