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FESTIVAL HONOREES

SUZIE WEBB - 2017 INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL PRESIDENT

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize SUZIE WEBB as the 2017 International Rice Festival President.

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 81st 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.


SHERIFF K.P. GIBSON - 2017 CO-GRAND PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize SHERIFF K.P. GIBSON as the 2017 Co-Grand Parade Honoree of the Year.

 


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CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD - 2017 CO-GRAND PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD as the 2017 Co-Grand Parade Honoree of the Year.

 


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CHIEF JODY VIATOR - 2017 CO-GRAND PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize CHIEF JODY VIATOR as the 2017 Co-Grand Parade Honoree of the Year.

 


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DR. ERNEST GIROUARD - 2017 FESTIVAL HONOREE

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize DR. ERNEST GIROUARD as the 2017 Honoree of the Year.

Dr. Rustum Ernest Girouard, JR. better known as “Ernest” was born on March 21, 1940 to his parents, Rustum and Frances Girouard. He was the first born son followed by 3 sisters and 3 brothers. He grew up on a farm in the rural community known as Cossinade located Northwest of Kaplan, LA where he and his wife call home. 

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KENT BROWN - 2017 FARMER OF THE YEAR

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize KENT BROWN as the 2017 Farmer of the Year.

Kent Brown was born and raised in the small rural community of Hathaway, just north of Jennings, in Jeff Davis Parish in Southwest Louisiana. His parents, Harold and Ruth Brown and his three brothers, Craig, Ricky, and Steven, lived on the Brown family farm.
In the late 1800’s, Kent’s ancestors, who were wheat farmers in the state of Iowa, moved during the historical migration of Midwest farmers to the prairies of southwest Louisiana 

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MICHAEL ZAUNBRECHER - 2017 JR. FARMER OF THE YEAR

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize MICHAEL ZAUNBRECHER as the 2017 Junior Farmer of the Year.

Michael is the 19 year old son of John Lawrence and Leslie Soileau Zaunbrecher of Mowata. He has three brothers: John, Douglas, and Phillip and one sister, Adrienne Z. Fontenot. Michael is the grandson of Robert “Bobby” Soileau and Clara Soileau of Eunice, LA and Frank and Hilda Frey Zaunbrecher of the Mowata community. Michael and his family live on the family farm in Mowata.

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MICHAEL CHRISTIAN DOUGHTY - 2017 CHILDREN'S PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 81st International Rice Festival will recognize CHRISTIAN DOUGHTY as the 2017 Children's Parade Grand Marshall.

“My students are not special because of their needs, but because of their gifts. This has been a guiding mission statement for my career in special education.”

Michael Christian Doughty is in his 19th year of teaching special education at Crowley High School. Working with students with severe/profound disabilities is his passion.


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