Rice Festival

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Adult Division of the 2016 International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Lafayette Reserve Deputy Marshal Clay Higgins, Sharon Romero, State Rep. Jack Montoucet, Jeremy Hebert; standing, Bridget Boustany, Phyllis Crawford, Robert Dominick and Mary Credeur.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judging the Teen Division of the 2016 International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Crowley Chief of Police Jimmy Broussard, Aaron Dietz, Marcy Broussard, Cathy Habetz; standing, Cynthia Dominick, Bernice McElwee, Teri Fish and Sudie Landry.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Judges for the Intermediate Division of the 2016 International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Sandra Montoucet, Renee Allen, Brett Geymann, Steve Linscombe; standing, Lynne Broussard, Joan Finley, Peggy Lake and Sandra Simon.

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Judging the Children’s Division of the 2016 International Rice Festival Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Travis Webb, Caleb Malone, Jack Pandol, Nellie Cheek; standing, Judy Linscombe, Judge Jimmy Genovese, LeRoy Gillman and Melanie Larmond.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Selecting the new Chef de Riz and Jr. Chef at the 2016 Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were, seated from left, Phyllis Crawford, Renee Allen; standing, Travis Webb and Lafayette Reserve Deputy Marshal Clay Higgins.

2016 IRF Rice and Creole Cookery Contest judges

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Reggie’s Downtown Crowley, located at 218 N. Parkerson, was awarded first place in the 80th International Rice Festival Front Door Decorating Contest for its creative wreath and swag, complete with pitcher of beer made with rice (inset). Sammie Reggie, left, owner of the bar and grill, was on hand to receive the award from Crowley Garden Club member Carol Trahan.

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RIGHT: Second place in the 80th International Rice Festival Door Decorating Contest was awarded to Serendipite Home Decor, 313 N. Parkerson Ave., which focused on rice-producing countries around the world. Marlene Brantley, president of the Crowley Garden Club, presented the ribbon.

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LEFT: Receiving third place in the 80th International Rice Festival Door Decorating Contest was The Center for Children and Families, 309 N. Parkerson Ave., which incorporated Rice Festival Memorabilia along with the center’s logo. Director Katie Guinn, who designed the decorations, was on hand to receive the award from Garden Club member Sissy Gall, right.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Boutique Forty-Six, 300 N. Parkerson Ave., was awarded honorable mention in the 80th International Rice Festival Door Decorating Contest for its traditional-style fall wreath and swag. Garden Club members Carol Trahan, far left, and Sissy Gall, far right, presented the award to, from left, Mona Fontenot, Sidney Fontenot and Jada Castille.

IRF Front Door Decorating Contest results announced

This year, the Crowley Garden Club, in conjunction with the International Rice Festival Association, brought back the IRF Front Door Decorating Contest for the 80th International Rice Festival.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Kathy Duncan
AnnaLisa Mariah Meredith, daughter of John Meredith Sr. and Frances Meredith was crowned the 80th International Rice Festival Queen Saturday morning. Meredith was sponsored by the Arkansas Rice Festival.

80th International Rice Festival Queen crowned

Downtown Crowley saw perfect weather and a big crowd on hand Saturday morning for the 80th International Rice Festival Queen’s Pageant.

2016 Junior King and Queen

From left, Malari Navarre and Cory Fruge Jr. were crowned as the 80th International Junior King and Queen Friday morning. Navarre is a South Crowley Elementary second grader and is the daughter of Bobbi and Lawrence Navarre. Fruge, a second grader at Iota Elementary, is the son of Cory Fruge Sr. and Amanda Fruge.

Fruge, Navarre reign as Junior King and Queen

Just call it a family tradition for the Navarres with little sister Malari Navarre being crowned the Junior Queen of the 80th International Rice Festival by her sister, 2015 queen Emmy N

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