Thursday October 7, 2010
The International Rice Festival held annually in Crowley is one of Louisiana's largest and also it's oldest Agricultural Festival. Since it's first festival on October 5th, 1937, over 7 million people have attended the annual event.
- The celebration brings attention to the importance of rice as food and also emphasizes it's place in the world's economic picture.
It is usually held
on Friday and Saturday of the 3rd weekend in October. Location is
- There are 2 parades, Friday (Children's Day), which is the Children's Parade, and Saturday, the Grand Parade.
- There are also Special Events including the Rice Cooking Contest, Rice Eating Contest, Farmers Banquet and also the Queens Ball.
- There is also entertainment continuously from early morning to midnight.
- Also in conjunction with the Festival, is an Arts and Crafts exhibit, which is held adjacent to the Festival Grounds and also on Main Street..
THURSDAY - OCT 14th
This is the opening night for many food booths, arts and crafts booths, entertainment and the carnival.
FRIDAY - OCT 15th
The First Day of the International Rice Festival is recognized as "Children's Day". Special events include the Official Opening of The Festival by the International Rice Festival President, Crowning of the Junior King and Queen, Rice & Creole Cookery Contest, Rice Eating Contest and The Children's Parade.
SATURDAY - OCT 16th
Presentation of candidates for the International Rice Festival Queen. A special demonstration of Old Time Rice threshing is held on the grounds of The Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon. The 5K Fun Run, Acadian Accordion Contest, Fiddle Contest, Rice Poker Run and Car Show all take place Saturday morning. Music continues in the afternoon with bands on 2 Stages. In the midst of all of this, the Grandest of All Parades, The Grand Parade.