INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL
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 Downtown Crowley.
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.
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.
There is also entertainment continuously from early morning to midnight:
FRIDAY – OCTOBER 16, 2015
3 PM – 5 PM: Johnny Chauvin
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Geno Delafose
8 PM – 9:30 PM: Nik-L-Beer
10 PM – 12 AM: WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN
SATURDAY – OCTOBER 17, 2015
12 PM – 2 PM: Sound Check
2 PM – 3 PM: Kip Sonnier
4:30 PM – 6 PM: Lil Wayne & Same Ol’ 2-Step
6:30 PM – 8 PM: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
8:30 PM – 10 PM: Blaine Roy
10:30 PM – 12 AM: CHARLIE DANIELS
There so much more to do and see here from the Budweiser Clydesdale’s, classic car show, Fair, Arts & Crafts and even fun old rice shucking competitions. Check out the official website for all the detail: ricefestival.com