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.
THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
Randy Jemison of the USA Rice Federation, far left, and Letha Vincent, IRF Rice and Creole Cookery Contest chairman, far right, were on hand to present the Tri-Color, Chef de Riz and Jr. Chef de Riz awards after Friday morning’s Rice and Creole Cookery Contest judging. Winners were, from left, Victoria Armentor, Teen Division Tri-Color; Jill Villejoin, Adult Division Tri-Color and Chef de Riz; Kallie Pitre, Intermediate Division Tri-Color and Jr. Chef de Riz; and Khloie Pitre, Children’s Division Tri-Color.
Once again this year, competitors in the International Rice and Creole Cookery Contest were once again lined up bright and early to submit their di