"Queen Pageant begins 74th Rice Festival " by: Jessica Shepard

   Official Rice Festival festivities kick off with the 74th annual Rice Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Keye Ingram auditorium.
   The annual Rice Dish Roundup winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the fairground multipurpose building.
   The carnival officially opens Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4-11 p.m. and includes carnival rides and midway games by Reed Exposition Midway along with vendor booths inside and outside the rodeo arena.
   Friday, Oct. 5, has Exceptional Day from 9-11 a.m. with the festival being open to the public late that evening from 4 p.m. until midnight.
   The highly anticipated Rice Festival Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, downtown around the square.
   The festival is open immediately following the parade from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
   The festival wraps up between 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, before the carnival pulls up stakes and heads back out on the road.

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