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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Celebrates 31st Year Oct. 8-9

If you are looking for quality family entertainment, enrichment and fun, look no further.  The Katy Rice Harvest Festival rolls into Katy on October 8 and 9 and has become known as a first class, affordable quality family event.  This will be the 31st Anniversary of the Katy Rice Harvest Festival.

Entries for the RHF Photography Contest must be submitted to the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.  Cash prizes for each category are $75 for first place and $50 for second place.  A new category has been added for digital manipulation.

A reception for the Photograph Contest entries will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Country Park Portraits.  Entries will be on display and the winners will be announced.  The amateur photographers throughout Katy always produce remarkable photographs to compete in this contest.  Additional information, contest rules and entry form can be obtained at http://www.riceharvestfestival.org/Events/PhotographyContest/tabid/218/Default.aspx.  The Photography Contest sponsor is Country Park Portraits.

The Cooking Competition will take place Saturday, September 24 at Hasta La Pasta (Highland Knolls and Grand Parkway).  Judging will begin at 1 p.m.  All entries must be turned in between noon and 1 p.m.  The competition has been completely revamped this year.  Only one category requires the utilization of rice in the recipe.  The categories include: Appetizers/Side Dish/Salad; Entrée/Main Dish; Any Recipe Using Rice; Heart Healthy; Dessert; and Junior Chef (8 – 18).

The new Heart Healthy category this year is destined to be interesting with the creative recipes designed to be heart healthy.  All recipes submitted in the Heart Healthy category must include the nutritional analysis calculated on www.caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php.

Cooking Competition cash prizes for each category are: $100 for first place; $75 for second place; $50 for third place; and $200 for Best of Show.  Judging will begin at 1 p.m.  Applications and recipe submissions are to be submitted online by 5 p.m. on September 22.  For additional information, visit   http://www.riceharvestfestival.org/Events/CookingCompetition/RiceCookingContestEntryForm.aspx.  The sponsor for the Cooking Competition is CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital.

The annual parade will be held Saturday, October 1 in historic downtown Katy.  The parade line up begins at 9 a.m. in the Church of Christ parking lot located at 5th Street and East Ave.  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and from the church go down Ave. A to 2nd Street, over to Ave. C and up to 10th Street.  To ensure being announced at the Reviewing Stand, entry applications need to be submitted by noon on Thursday, September 29.  The parade sponsor is Remedy Roofing.

To register for any of the activities or events, purchase carnival armbands or admission tickets, visit the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce website www.katychamber.com or www.riceharvestfestival.org.

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