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Crowley hosting 81st annual Rice Festival

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The 81st annual Rice Festival kicked off in Crowley Thursday night. The festival’s chairman says people of every age can enjoy the weekend.

Festival chairman Chad Monceaux has deep roots at the Rice Festival and even deeper roots in the city of Crowley.

“This is my first year being chairman. Last year, I was a vice-chair. And I was born and raised here in Crowley. I love our city. We have a great little city here,” said Monceaux.

He says there is no better time to visit his home town.

"This is the peak! This is go time. This week is festival week, and we're proud to be here, and we're excited," said Monceaux.

Monceaux has some favorite Rice Festival memories that date back to his childhood.

"I remember each and every year my parents bringing me to the Rice Festival, myself and my sister We really enjoyed it: playing the games and riding the rides."

He’s hopeful everybody will make memories of their own this weekend.

“People come from out of town, and it's a place and an event and a location for family and old friends to get together and just enjoy theirselves. The food is great. There's a large variety of food. Obviously, the carnival... I'm pretty excited about and then of course the bands,” said Monceaux.

He hopes all in attendance will fall in love with Crowley as well as the festival, just as he has.

“Our downtown area is amazing; its really coming up. Hopefully, people come from out of town and notice that stuff and want to come back to Crowley on a regular basis and visit and shop and enjoy theirself,” said Monceaux.

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