Deadline set for rice milling, rice sheaf contests

CROWLEY - Entries for this year’s International Rice Festival Milling Rice Contest are due in the County Agents Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24. Entries for the Rice Sheaf Contest are due in the County Agents office on Friday, September 24, according to Barrett Courville, milling rice contest superintendent.

Courville encourages rice farmers to participate, and adds that awards and premiums will be presented to this year’s winners.

Rules for the Milling Rice Contest are:

1. All exhibitors must be 18- years-old by January 1, 2010.

2. An exhibitor may enter only one entry per class.

3. Competition is “world wide” and all entries become the property of the International Rice Festival.

4. An exhibit which consists of not less than one (1) pound of rough rice must be turned in to the County Agents Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, Louisiana, by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 24.

5. Rough rice must be grown by the exhibitor and must be submitted as stored in the bins. Rice must not be washed or hand-picked.

6. Rough rice must be submitted in a suitable container (i.e. paper bag) with name, address and telephone number of producer along with the name of the variety written on the container.

7. Entries must meet the grade requirements of a USDA #2 Grade in order to place in the contest.

8. Entries will be placed according to total value which will be computed using milling yields and loan value for the current year.

9. In the event of a tie, grade requirements will be used to determine placings.

10. Milling rice entries must yield a minimum of fifty percent (50%) head rice to be considered for champion or reserve champion awards.

Classes in this year’s contest include:

No. Long Grain Varieties

11 Cypress, Cocodrie, Cheniere or Catahoula

12 Clearfield Varieties

13 Hybrid Varieties

14 Any Other Long Grain

No. Medium or Short Grain Varieties

17 Jupiter

18 Neptune

19 Any Other Medium or Short Grain

The champion long and medium grain producers will receive a plaque, rosette and a $30 cash award. The reserve champion long and medium grain producers will receive a plaque, a rosette and a $20 cash award. Ribbons will be awarded and premiums will be paid to the top five entries in each class. Awards to champion and reserve champion milling rice producers will be presented on Friday, October 15 at the Main Platform on the southside of the court circle on Parkerson Avenue in Crowley at 1 p.m. All winners should be present.

Rules for the Rice Sheaf Contest are:

1. Open to all. There will be an adult and Jr. contest.

2. An exhibitor may enter only one entry per class.

3. Competition is worldwide and all entries become property of the International Rice Festival.

4. All entries must be turned in to the County Agents Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 24.

5. Awards will be given to all entries.

Awards to Champion and Reserve Champion entries will be presented at the Rice Festival main platform on the south side of the court circle on Parkerson Avenue on Friday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. All winners should be present.

Sheaf Rice Classes:

1. Cypress or Cocodrie

2. Catahoula or Cheniere

3. Any Other Long Grain

4. Jupiter

5. Any Other Medium Grain

According to Courville, 50 entries were received last year. REMEMBER: entries for the Milling Rice Contest are due in the County Agents Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24 and entries for the Rice Sheaf Contest are also due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24.

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