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