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The winners of the youth fiddle contest were, from left, Owen Meche, second; and Alyssa Theriot, first.

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The winners of the adult fiddle contest were, from left, Ailee Pardi, first; and Mary Harris, second.

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The winners of the youth accordion contest were, from left, Ames Meche, third; Jace Goulas, second; and Kyle Leblanc, first.

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The winners of the adult accordion contest were, from left, Brandon Broussard, second; and Kegan Navarre, first.

Musical prowess on display in fiddle, accordion contests

Before most festival-goers had fully recovered from their Friday night revelry, contestants in the International Rice Festival’s Fiddle and Accordion Contests were tuning up behind the Cramer Equipment and Supply Sound Stage Saturday morning.
The event was sponsored by Falcon Rice Mill/Cajun Country Rice, the Accordion Shop and City Bar. Delo Hebert, Acadia Parish School Board member, and Russell Henry were emcees.
The contests annually recognize winners in four divisions — youth and adult fiddle and accordion.
Youth Fiddle
Two contestants participated in the Youth Fiddle Contest.
Each played two selections — one waltz and one two-step — for a panel of judges hidden from view.
Winners were Alyssa Theriot, 9, first place; and Owen Meche, 12, second place.
Adult Fiddle
Two contestants fought for honors in the Adult Fiddle Contest.
Following the same criteria as their younger counterparts, the winners were Ailee Pardi, 20, first; and Mary Harris, 14, second
Youth Accordion
Five contestants participated in the Youth Accordion Contest and they were each fierce competitors.
After their initial two songs, judges had them tied, forcing a “play-off.”
Narrowly winning first place was Kyle Leblanc, 11. Second place honors went to Jace Goulas, 11; and third place went to Ames Meche, 11.
Also competing were Addison Boutte, 12, and Blaise Monic, 13.
Adult Accordion
The Adult Accordion Contest had two competitors.
After each played the required waltz and two-step, winners were Kegan Navarre, 20, first and Brandon Broussard, 33, in second.

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