Queen’s Ball and Honoree Social kicks off IRF season

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THE POST-SIGNAL / Danette Bourque
Among those honored at the 80th International Rice Festival Queen’s Ball and Honoree Cocktail Party were, seated from left, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jared Monk, Elizabeth Lawson Monk, Dianna Abell, 2016 IRF President Elisabeth Leleux, 2016 IRF Queen Camille Quebodeaux, 2016 IRF Junior Queen Emmy Navarre, 2016 IRF Chairman Patty Simon, Karen Leonards, 2016 IRF Children’s Parade Grand Marshall Kelly Cart Leonards, 2016 IRF Festival Coordinator Roxie Viator; standing, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jason Monk, 2016 IRF Honoree Charles “Chuck” Abell Jr., Albert Leleux, 2016 IRF Vice Chairman Chad Monceaux, 2016 IRF Farmer of the Year Donald A. Leonards, Jude Leonards and Jody Viator.

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Reigning IRF Queen Camille Quebodeaux was escorted by her brother Logan Quebodeaux.

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The 2016 IRF Honoree, Charles “Chuck” Abell Jr., fourth from left, was presented with a plaque and silver tray to commemorate his recognition by the festival. With him for the presentation were, from left, 2016 IRF Vice Chairman Chad Monceaux, 2016 IRF Chairman Patty Simon, Dianne Abell, Ryan Abell and 2016 IRF President Elisabeth Leleux.

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Jackie Loewer, left, congratulates 2016 IRF Farmer of the Year Donald A. Leonards.

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Jude Sittig, right, presents 2016 IRF Junior Farmer of the Year Jacob Paul Zaunbrecher.

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Elisabeth Leleux, 2016 IRF President, center, recognizes 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshalls, Jason Monk, left, and Jared Monk, right.

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Kelly Cart Leonards, 2016 IRF Children’s Grand Parade Marshall, was escorted by her husband, Jude Leonards.