Attakapas Study Club of Crowley meet at Acadia Library

The Attakapas study Club of Crowley met on October 8, 2008 at 2:30 at the Acadia Parish Library with thirteen members present. They were: Ella Bertrand, Jackie Buescher, Jan Erbe, Jerrie Fontenot, Shirley Griffin, Zulah Hoffpauir, Gerry Meche, Jean Oubre, Joanna Pruitt, Dot Simon, Lana Smith, Ethel Thibodeaux and Roy Lynn Trahan.

The president, Ethel Thibodeaux called the meeting to order. She called on Lana Smith, who is in charge of the cookbook project that the club is undertaking, to begin the meeting with a presentation about possible plans for the book. Members present expressed pleasure with the ideas Lana presented.

The Club Collect and Pledge of Allegiance were lead by parliamentarian, Joanna Pruitt. The secretary, Gerry Meche, read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were approved. The treasurer, Zulah Hoffpauir, presented the treasurer’s report. That report was approved also. Zulah then handed out yearbooks for the 2008-2009 club year. After club members looked over the book, there was praise and thanks for the fine job done by Zulah. Dot Simon, Jean Oubre and Roy Lynn Trahan gave reports from their committees.

After a short discussion of old and new business, Ella Bertrand presented a most interesting (and memory provoking for many of the members) program about the history of the Rice Festival. She pointed out that the first Rice Festival was held on October 5, 1937 and the year 1937 was fifty years after the founding of Crowley.

There were some rice celebrations before 1937, but they were called Rice Carnivals. After the second Rice Festival on October 4, 1938, which was attended by approximately 35,000 people, it was decided that the Rice Festival would be an annual event. It was held in 1940 even though Crowley had been through the terrible flood a few months earlier. Ella pointed out that it was discontinued during World War II and was started again in 1946. That was the year that it became the International Rice Festival. She also stated that John Kennedy came to the festival in 1959. Ella concluded the program by giving out souvenirs provided by the Rice Festival Association and small bags of popcorn rice provided by Falcon Rice Mill.

The meeting was adjourned and members present enjoyed refreshments served by hostesses, Joanna Pruitt and Jackie Buescher.

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