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FESTIVAL HONOREES

DEBORAH NUTT WHITING - 2019 INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL PRESIDENT

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.

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THE GIELEN FAMILY - 2019 GRAND PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize THE GIELEN FAMILY as the 2019  Grand Parade Honoree of the Year.

Lazar John “L.J.” Gielen, Carol “Chee Chee” Breaux Gielen, and their youngest daughter Kimberly “Kim” Gielen Gattle have been chosen as the 83rd International Rice Festival Grand Parade Marshals.

Selected by IRF President, Deborah Nutt Whiting, L.J., Chee Chee, and Kim were chosen for their continuous contributions to the city of Crowley, the city that they were born, raised, and reside in and the city that they truly love.


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THIBODEAUX AG GROUP - 2019 FESTIVAL HONOREE

The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize THIBODEAUX AG GROUP as the 2019 Honoree of the Year.

Randy, Robert Dale, and Steven Thibodeaux are the sons of Ethel and the late Emery Thibodeaux of Midland, Louisiana. They are third generation farmers and grew up on their father's rice farm outside of Morse, Louisiana. Their father, Emery grew up on his father, Ovey's farm in the Lyons Point area. Ovey purchased one of the first rice threshers in the area. In 1980, they formed Thibodeaux Brothers Farm. In 2006, when Dale's oldest son Ross joined the farm, Thibodeaux Ag Group was formed. Randy's oldest son Eric became part of Thibodeaux AG Group in 2017. The partnership farms 10,000 total acres in Acadia and Vermillion parishes. They have approximately 5,000 acres of rice, 3,200 acres of soybeans and 1,800 acres of crawfish each year.
 

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ALAN LAWSON - 2019 FARMER OF THE YEAR

The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize ALAN LAWSON as the 2019 Farmer of the Year.

Born and raised two miles north of Crowley on his family farm, Alan is the oldest child of Larry and Marilyn Rodgers Lawson and has two sisters Christine Lawson Gill and Elizabeth Lawson Monk. His parents met while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy in Scotland.

Alan is married to Carey David Lawson, from New Roads, and they have two children, Colin (13) and Lillian (9). Carey works as Executive Director of LSU at Eunice Foundation in Eunice. 

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JAKE REINERS - 2019 JR. FARMER OF THE YEAR

The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize JAKE REINERS as the 2019 Junior Farmer of the Year.

Jake is the 17 year old son of Kevin and Tekoah Reiners of Roberts Cove.  Jake is the second of seven children.  He has three brothers:  Phillip (25), Adam (15), Peter (1 week) and three sisters:  Madalyn (11), Allison (7) and Caroline (1).  Jake is the grandson of John Herman, Jr. and Mary Ann Reiners of Roberts Cove and Dean Broussard and Alberta Girard of Cow Island.

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SANDRA "SANDI" BOURGEOIS DORE' - 2019 CHILDREN'S PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

The 83rd International Rice Festival will recognize SANDI DORE as the 2019 Children's Parade Grand Marshall.

 


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