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Annual luncheon set to promote state's rice
CLEVELAND -- Mississippi farmers want to show off their rice crop at its best, served in hundreds of dishes for sampling at the 17th annual rice luncheon in Cleveland.
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Delta State University’s Walter Sillers Coliseum.
Ben Spinks, Bolivar County director for Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the event attracts more than 1,000 people each September, which is National Rice Month.
More than 300 dishes prepared by rice-growing families and Delta restaurants will be available for sampling. Most of the recipes served are available in “Between the Levees,” a local cookbook that will be on sale. Door prizes, exhibits and the Bolivar County 4-H Fashion Modeling Squad will be part of the event.
Luncheon tickets are $2 and will be sold at the door or may be purchased in advance throughout the Delta at Farm Bureau and Extension Service offices. For more information, call the Bolivar County Extension office at (662) 843-8371.