Wayne Toups

What originally began as a one-day affair in 1969 has grown into a seven-day celebration — the Texas Rice Festival. Now in its 45th year, the renowned Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in Winnie.

The festival includes a carnival, livestock shows, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls.

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Wayne Toups

Certainly one of the most exciting musicians to come out of Acadiana is Wayne Toups. This Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and accordionist created his own style of music, Zydecajun — a fusion of Cajun sounds and the rhythms of zydeco, with elements of soul music and southern rock mixed in.

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