Rice Festival Queen attends 115th Rice Millers Ass’n Convention

Among those from the Crowley area attending the 115th annual Rice Millers Convention were, front row from left, Adam Trahan, Jake Fulton, Evelyn Fulton, Anna Claire Trahan, Alex Trahan, Rusty Fulton (Jr. Rice Festival King); back row, Bobby Hanks (Louisiana Rice Mill), Rob Trahan (Falcon Rice Mill), Jennifer Trahan (Falcon Rice Mill), Dwayne Fulton (Falcon Rice Mill), Christine Fulton (Falcon Rice Mill), Connie Falcon (Falcon Rice Mill), 77th International Rice Festival Queen Hailey Hensgens, Janet Hebert (International Rice Festival Board), Joan Hensgens, Madeline Fulton and Ryan Fulton.

Hensgens did not have much free time at the convention, but she was able to visit the historic Thunderbird Lodge. Known as Lake Tahoe’s “Castle in the Sky,” the lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Nevada - Seventy-seventh International Rice Festival Queen Hailey Hensgens traveled halfway across the country to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, last month to represent Crowley and the rice industry at the annual Rice Millers Association Convention.

Beginning on Monday, June 16, the week-long convention was the 115th of its kind.

The event is a professional forum for the rice milling industry and allied businesses. Educational programs included topics related to trade and economic issues that affect the rice industry. A trade show highlighted rice milling related equipment, products and services.

Founded in 1899, RMA is one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.

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