Rice Festival President
Monk named Festival president
Elizabeth Lawson Monk has been chosen as the 82nd International Rice Festival President where she will preside over the annual event to be held the weekend of Oct. 18 - 21 in downtown Crowley.
Born and raised in Crowley, Monk’s love for the International Rice Festival and the rice industry began at an early age.
The daughter of Larry and Marilyn Lawson, she graduated from Crowley High School, Class of 1997, and continued her education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in accounting.
While in college, Elizabeth was an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
Elizabeth’s professional career began in Houston, where she worked as an auditor for two years. Eager to come back to her hometown, she returned to Crowley and held positions with Ernst & Young, BJ Services and Petroquest Energy. She is also a certified public accountant.
Married to Jason Monk, together they have four children: Lawson (8), Annalyn (6), Marilyn (4) and Landon (1).
Monk currently is a stay-at-home mom whose children keep her quite busy with dancing, gymnastics and sports. In her spare time, she loves cheering on the LSU Tiger football team and RV camping with her family.
In 2000, she was crowned the 64th International Rice Festival Queen, where she represented the largest and oldest agricultural festival in the state of Louisiana. While queen, she was able to experience the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians Mardi Gras Ball in Washington, D.C., and the USA Rice Millers’ Association Annual Convention, which was held in Boca Raton, Florida, that year.
After passing on the crown, she began volunteering with the festival and has been doing so ever since.
An active member of her community, Elizabeth serves as treasurer in the Crowley Professional Women’s Club, president of the Child Activity Club and is a member of the Crowley Solitic Club.
She served as president of the St. Michael Elementary School Parent Club and participated in the Acadia Parish Leadership Excel Program.
Growing up on a rice farm, Monk understands the importance of this industry and the dedication of our hard-working rice farmers like her father and brother, Alan.
She said she is honored to have been chosen as president of a festival that has made such an impact on her family and is looking forward to celebrating in October.