The inaugural festival was held during two consecutive weekends in 2009 -  31 Oct-1 Nov based at the LSU Ag Center in Jennings; and 6-7 Nov, based in Thornwell at the Thornwell Warehouse Association. Harvesting Friday and Saturday of the first weekend was rained out - but nearly all participants who signed up were able to participate on “rain make-up Sunday.” The second weekend had wonderful weather. All participants were treated to views of Yellow Rails as well as about 150 other bird species recorded in the area during the festival.

 

Yellow Rails & Rice Festival 2009

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