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Rice Festival Rice Dish Roundup

October 17, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Rice Dish Round – Up is sponsored by Bay City Lions Club with Wayne Witte as 2023 Chairman. The contest is coordinated by the Matagorda County Extension Office.

Each year dozens of students and adults submit their favorite rice recipes to be judged by a panel of volunteers. The judges taste each recipe and rank them according to taste and flavor, texture, suitability of recipe, appropriateness, and attractiveness of the display. The purpose of this activity is to teach new and different ways to prepare rice dishes, teach economy in meal planning, offer ways to extend dishes by using rice, promote the value of rice in the county’s agricultural program and provide leadership and recognition to the county’s youth and adults.

The contest features various rice dish entry categories including Main Dish, Bread, Side Dish, Snack or Appetizer, and Dessert. The contestants are grouped according to age as Juniors (Students in grades 1-5), Intermediates (Grades 6-8), Seniors (Grades 9-12) and Adults. Both adults and youth alike are encouraged to find interesting dishes to enter in the annual contest.

The dishes will be brought to the Multi-Purpose Building on Tuesday October 17, 2023 between 9:00A.M. and 10:30 A.M. No Visitors are allowed in the building during judging.

The dishes may be viewed by the public from 3:30 P.M. until 4:30 P.M.

Ribbons and prizes are awarded at 4:30 P.M.

Each grand champion winner in each grade level receives a free armband for use at the Rice Festival Carnival, award ribbons and other award items. The Bay City Lions Club is very happy to sponsor and support this valuable learning contest. They appreciate the hard work done by the Matagorda County Extension Staff and other volunteers who help conduct the contest.

A cookbook containing a copy of each recipe submitted to the Rice Dish Round- Up, may be purchased through the Matagorda County Extension Office. Interested parties should contact the Matagorda County Extension Office at (979) 245-4100.


October 17, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Matagorda County Fairgrounds
4511 FM 2668
Bay City, TX 77414 United States
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