Crowley’s International Rice Festival was recognized as Festival of the Year in Division IV (large festivals) during the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Accepting the award on behalf of the festival were, from left, Elizabeth Monk, 2018 Festival President; Shanna Morgan, Festival Coordinator; and Chad Monceaux, 2018 Festival General Chairman.
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Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Vice President Gene’e Hebert, left, presented Sybil Lorraine Duncan with the LAFF Scholarship, during the Showcase and Lunch held this past Saturday in Baton Rouge.
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Crowley’s International Rice Festival was recognized as Festival of the Year in Division IV (large festivals) during the annual Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Accepting the award on behalf of the festival were, seated from left, Julian LeBlanc, member-at-large; Chad Monceaux, past general chairman; Shanna Morgan, coordinator; Victoria Callahan, 82nd IRF Queen; Elizabeth Monk, 2018 president; and Josh Spell, 2019 general chairman; back row, Jason Monk, spouse of 2018 president; Louis Romero, presidential transportation chairman; Monique Romero, transportation committee co-chairman; Suzy Webb, board member and queen’s ball chairman; J.C. Webb, photography chairman; Kathryn Shea Duncan, social media and marketing chairman and 81st IRF Queen; Kathy Duncan, publicity/scrapbook chairman; Sybil Duncan, publicity/scrapbook committee member; and Jared Monk, by-laws chairman. Other awards won by the IRF were, Best Cap, Best Website and Best Marketing Items-Other.
IRF wins second straight ‘Festival of the Year’ honor
For the second consecutive year, Crowley’s International Rice Festival was named “Festival of the Year” at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention this past year.
In Division IV (large festivals), the local festival also was recognized for Best Cap, Best Website and Best Marketing Items - Other (children’s cape).
A large delegation of Rice Festival Board members and supporters, headed up by 2018 President Elizabeth Monk, 2018 General Chairman Chad Monceaux and Festival Coordinator Shanna Morgan, was on hand for the convention, held Feb. 21-24 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.
“Thank you to everyone for all of your support this past year and for making our festival the best in the state,” said Morgan
Also during the convention Sybil Lorraine Duncan of Crowley was awarded the LAFF scholarship in the amount of $500.
Sybil, the daughter of Kathy and the late Shea Duncan, is an IRF Board member and a junior at LSU majoring in biology.
Held annually, the convention began on Thursday with its Taste of Louisiana, a showcase of food by the fairs and festivals of Louisiana.
On Friday, IRF attendees enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser with entertainment by Amanda Shaw. Later that evening, LAFF held its Showcase Dinner where young ladies vying for the title of 2019 LAFF Queen were introduced in their SteamPunk costumes in addition to entertainment by a variety of bands.
Pageant preliminaries kicked off Saturday morning followed by a full day of a trade show exhibit and workshops.
The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals provides a way to improve events by promoting them, by educating event organizers and to encourage the holding of fairs, expositions, festivals, displays and to adopt a program to encourage and demonstrate agricultural, dairy, livestock, industrial, commercial and educational arts, exhibits, displays and to assist and encourage the advancement of the natural resources, material prosperity and progress of the State of Louisiana, its parishes, the fairs, festivals, jubilees and expositions therein.