THE POST-SIGNAL / Steve Bandy
Victoria Marie Callahan, the daughter of Michael Callahan and Angela Callahan, was crowned the 82nd International Rice Festival Queen Saturday morning.
Victoria Marie Callahan crowned 82nd IRF Queen
Although the weather called for a change of venue from the Supreme Rice Soundstage to the Rice Theatre, there was a large crowd on hand for the International Rice Festival Queen’s Pageant.
Representing the City of Crowley, Victoria Marie Callahan was crowned the 82nd International Rice Festival Queen on Saturday morning.
Victoria is the 20-year-old daughter of Michael Callahan and Angela Callahan of Rayne and was sponsored by Crowley Professional Women’s Club.
She was crowned by 81st International Rice Festival Queen Kathryn Shea Duncan and presented flowers by this year’s Festival Honoree, John E. Broussard.
Victoria is currently a student at Louisiana State University in Eunice studying nursing with plans to graduate in 2021. She is employed by Boutique Forty-Six as a sales associate and model. While in high school, she volunteered for the Christmas Angel Operation and the Choices Program and was a member of the Interact Club. Victoria received the Woodmen of the World Award, was named to the President’s List and received the Community Service Award. Her civic and church activities and awards include being crowned 2014 Teen Miss Crowley and 2017 Miss Crowley, receiving a key to the City of Crowley, volunteering for the Thirst Project and the Rise Against Hunger Campaign and membership in the Bayou Krewe. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, traveling, fashion, reading and being outdoors. She is also interested in tourism, photography and graphic design.
Selected as first runner-up was Chloe Elizabeth James, daughter of David and Darlene James of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, who was representing the Arkansas Rice Festival. She was presented a plaque by 2018 Farmer of the Year Gerard Frey.
Second runner-up was Corrine Juliet Doucet, the daughter of Patrick and Desiree Doucet of Rayne, who was sponsored by the City of Rayne. She was presented a plaque by 2018 Junior Farmer of the Year Benjamin Faulk.
Chosen as third runner-up was Gabrielle M. Guilbeau. The daughter of Clyde and Karen Guilbeau of Lafayette, she was sponsored by her parents and presented a plaque by this year’s Festival President Elizabeth Lawson Monk.
Chloe James was selected as Miss Congeniality and presented a plaque by Monk.
A $500 scholarship based on academic performance was awarded to Corinne Doucet.
76th International Rice Festival Queen Sarah Mouton Floyd and U.S. Representative John Stefanski served as emcees for the pageant, and the International Rice Festival Dance Troupe entertained the crowd while the judges deliberated.
As the 82nd International Rice Festival Queen, Victoria will travel the state of Louisiana attending fairs and festivals promoting the festival and the rice industry. She will also be presented with cash scholarships and will represent the International Rice Festival at the Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras Ball and the Rice Millers Association Convention being held in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, in 2019.