Garden club to sponsor Rice Festival contest
CROWLEY – The International Rice Festival Association announced Tuesday that it will include an annual city-wide front door decorating contest to its festival activities.
The competition will be organized and judged by members of the Crowley Garden Club, a 61-year-old social, gardening and horticultural group. Sissy Gall, Garden Club President said, the objective is to increase awareness and promotion of the International Rice Festival and the rice industry and to promote the interest of floral design.”
Crowley residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate their front doors with wreaths, garland or swags. There will be a business and residential category. Here are the basic rules according to Nancy Broadhurst, Garden Club committee chairperson, “There must be an emphases on rice thus, rice must be a component of the front door decoration.” The design may use fresh, silk or dried material. The design does not have to reflect the festival theme, but can be incorporated if you choose to. Door decorations should be suitable for public viewing, eye catching and creative. Judging will be based on overall design, originality and creativity. Professional florists may enter but are not eligible to win, and all entries must be original and made on their own.
Award ribbons will be given to first, second, and third place winners in each category. An overall Designer’s Choice award will also be given to the best overall design. Award winners will be recognized on stage during the festival activities. All winning entries will also be submitted for publication in the official International Rice Festival Cookbook, the Crowley Post Signal, and other surrounding media.
Gene Williams, International Rice Festival Chairman said, “We are delighted to have the Crowley Garden Club participate with us in the promotion of the festival as well as the rice industry. This is a much welcome contest for our festival because everyone can participate.”
There is no official entry form however; all entries must sign up at the International Rice Festival office at 110 East 4th street, Crowley or corner of parkerson and 4th street by no later than October 7. Contest rules and regulations will be made available once contestants sign up. Judging will take place October 14 and winners announced on the 16.
For further information contact Nancy Broadhurst, garden club committee chair, at 337-783-2811 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.