INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL

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International Rice Festival officials announced recently via social media that Gyth Rigdon, runner-up in The Voice national talent competition, will return to perform at this year’s festival.

Rigdon on Rice Fest stage

Gyth Rigdon, recent runner-up on The Voice national talent competition, will make his second appearance at the International Rice Festival this year.

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Crowley’s International Rice Festival was recognized as Festival of the Year in Division IV (large festivals) during the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Accepting the award on behalf of the festival were, from left, Elizabeth Monk, 2018 Festival President; Shanna Morgan, Festival Coordinator; and Chad Monceaux, 2018 Festival General Chairman.

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Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Vice President Gene’e Hebert, left, presented Sybil Lorraine Duncan with the LAFF Scholarship, during the Showcase and Lunch held this past Saturday in Baton Rouge.

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Crowley’s International Rice Festival was recognized as Festival of the Year in Division IV (large festivals) during the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Accepting the award on behalf of the festival were, seated from left, Julian LeBlanc, member-at-large; Chad Monceaux, past general chairman; Shanna Morgan, coordinator; Victoria Callahan, 82nd IRF Queen; Elizabeth Monk, 2018 president; and Josh Spell, 2019 general chairman; back row, Jason Monk, spouse of 2018 president; Louis Romero, presidential transportation chairman; Monique Romero, transportation committee co-chairman; Suzy Webb, board member and queen’s ball chairman; J.C. Webb, photography chairman; Kathryn Shea Duncan, social media and marketing chairman and 81st IRF Queen; Kathy Duncan, publicity/scrapbook chairman; Sybil Duncan, publicity/scrapbook committee member; and Jared Monk, by-laws chairman. Other awards won by the IRF were, Best Cap, Best Website and Best Marketing Items-Other.

IRF wins second straight ‘Festival of the Year’ honor

For the second consecutive year, Crowley’s International Rice Festival was named “Festival of the Year” at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past year.

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