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What fuels festival goers? We visited the International Rice Festival in Crowley to find out!

Posted at 9:24 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 23:41:36-04

The 83rd International Rice Festival is in full swing in downtown Crowley.

Festivals are known for their food and beverages, and the Rice Festival is no different.

"You're going to want to go to the Midland High barbecue booth," said festivalgoer PJ Boulet. "They have the best barbecue you can possibly think of."

It's no surprise that many come to the Crowley festival with an appetite. Festivalgoers have a wide variety to choose from to satisfy their taste buds.

"The next thing I want to try is the giant turkey leg," said festivalgoer Madison Laxey.

The challenge is leaving room for dessert.

"I was just telling my husband that I really wanted a funnel cake, and what better place to come and get a funnel cake?" said Deidra Druilhet.

Guests will find out New Orleans isn't the only place serving up hurricanes, but some say you can't go wrong with something a little lighter.

"Any beer booth down here will quench any thirst that you have," joked Boulet. "I have 21 tickets here that I'm going to satisfy as soon as this is over with."

However, it's not just the food and drinks that keep people from coming back year after year.

"This festival has been going on for many years, and it's such a staple in the community, and so what better way than just come out and participate," said Druilhet.

For those who don't know why it's called the International Rice Festival, we got the answer.

"We're celebrating the harvest of rice," explained Boulet. "This is the rice capital of America."

The festival wraps up around midnight tonight and continues tomorrow.