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4-H Rice and Sweet Potato Cookery winners announced

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SWEET POTATO DESSERT WINNERS - Winners of the Sweet Potato Dessert category were, from left, Gabe Fontenot, honorable mention; Johnathan Deshotel, fifth place; Benjamin Fontenot, fourth place; Emily Deshotel, third place; Victoria Robert, second place; and Shayla Bellard, first place. They are shown with 4-H Youth Extension Agents Todd Fontenot and Tina Guillory.

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POSTER WINNER - Victoria Robert was the winner of the rice poster contest. She is shown with 4-H Youth Extension Agents Todd Fontenot and Tina Guillory.

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OTHER SWEET POTATO DISH WINNERS - Benjamin Fontenot received second place in the Other Sweet Potato category. He is shown with 4-H Youth Extension Agents Todd Fontenot and Tina Guillory. (The other winners were not available for a group photo.)

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RICE WINNERS - Winners of the Rice Cookery, from left, were Emily Deshotel, main dish division; Victoria Robert, dessert division; and Benjamin Fontenot, side dish division. They are shown with, in back same order, County Agent Keith Fontenot, Janis Jemison and Mary Jemison.

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OTHER SWEET POTATO WINNER - Ella Ortego was the winner of the Other Sweet Potato category.

The 2015 Evangeline Parish Rice and Sweet Potato Cookery Contest was a big success! The contest was held Wednesday, January 7, at the Ville Platte Civic Center. Twenty-six dishes were entered in the Rice and Sweet Potato Contests. The Rice Cookery Contest was sponsored by the Evangeline Parish Rice Growers and the City of Ville Platte, and the Sweet Potato Contest was sponsored by E & L Produce.
Parish winners in the Rice Cookery will represent Evangeline Parish in the Regional 4-H Cookery Contests, which will be held in Crowley in April.
Parish winners in the Rice Cookery were:
Rice Main Dish: Emily Deshotel, Vidrine Elementary fifth grade, with One Pot Cabbage Casserole.
Rice Side Dish: Benjamin Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary fifth grade, with Golden Rice Salad.
Rice Dessert: Victoria Robert, Vidrine Elementary fifth grade, with Whipped Rice Pudding Dessert.
First place winners in the Sweet Potato Cookery will represent Evangeline Parish in the Regional 4-H Cookery Contest, which will be held in Alexandria in March.
Parish winners in the Sweet Potato Cookery were:
Sweet Potato Dessert Winners: Shayla Bellard, Sacred Heart Elementary fourth grade, with Yam Delight, first place; Victoria Robert, Vidrine Elementary fifth grade, second place; Emily Deshotel, Vidrine Elementary fifth grade, third place; Benjamin Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary fifth grade, fourth place; Johnathan Deshotel, Sacred Heart Elementary fifth grade, fifth place; and Gabe Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary fourth grade, honorable mention.
Other Sweet Potato Dishes Winners: Ella Ortego, Sacred Heart Elementary fourth grade, with Sweet Potato Pecan Logs, first place; Benjamin Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary fifth grade, second place; Jeanne Marie Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary seventh grade, third place; and Mattie Buller, Chataignier Elementary fifth grade, fourth place.
Other winners in the Rice categories were:
Rice Dessert:
Blue Ribbon Winners - Benjamin Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary fifth grade.
Special thanks are extended to those who served as judges for the cookery contest: Sonia Ardoin, Heather Bogard, Barbara Delafosse, Keith Fontenot, Paul Fontenot, Tammy Fontenot, Robbie Hutchins, Mary Jemison, Janis Jemison, Brooke LaFarge, David Ortego, Mona Ortego, Dr. Boyd Padgett, Jennifer Walker, and Joseph Walker. Also assisting were Maggie Dupre, Evangeline Parish Administrative Coordinator, and Jennifer Duhon, St. Landry Assistant Extension Agent.

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