Williams steps down as Rice Festival chairman
By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - Gene Williams, who has been the chairman of the International Rice Festival for the past nine years, resigned on Monday in a letter to the Rice Festival Board and Co-Chairman Glynn Ma yard.
In his resignation letter, Williams said that he had always told himself that he would leave ‘when it wasn’t fun anymore.’ He didn’t elaborate further.
“It’s been a good nine years,” said Williams Tuesday morning. “I’m still going to be serving on the festival’s board of directors and I know that with Glynn, Roxie (Festival Coordinator Roxie Viator) and the Executive Board that the festival will be in good hands.”
During Williams nine years as chairman, the Rice Festival was hugely successful, setting records for crowds and sales. The 2010 International Rice Festival was deemed a huge success by those who attended it as well as those in charge. It was reported that souvenir and concession sales were possibly the best that they had ever been. The Rice Festival also saw some improvements in 2010 such as an iPhone application which made it easier for festival goers to locate the bands and attractions they sought.
“It’s changed so much since I first started,” Williams said. “This year was the probably the best that we’ve ever had. I know I’m leaving my position with the Rice Festival as strong as it’s ever been.”
At this time it is unknown who will replace Williams in his role as chairman.