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Versatile grain to star in Rice Expo recipe contest

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
April 3, 2017

Fast facts:

  • Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest entry deadline June 16
  • Find rules, electronic entry forms at
  • Winners to be selected at expo on Aug. 4 at Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart 

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LITTLE ROCK – One of the most widely eaten grains in the world will have the starring role in the sixth annual Rice Expo Recipe Contest, whose entry deadline is June 16.  


The contest is open to everyone in the state. The contest judges will select the top three winners for prizes of $200, $150 and $100 during the Arkansas Rice Expo on Aug. 4 at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. The expo is an annual event of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

There are a few prerequisites. 

“Of course, rice – in any form – has to be the chief ingredient in the recipe,” said Dianna Bowen, Lonoke County extension agent who chairs the rice contest committee. “And its ingredients should be easily obtained in any local grocery store.” 

Complete rules are available at  Participants may enter by completing the electronic entry form available at the rules webpage and email it, along with a copy of their recipe to Bowen at  The recipe must be in a standard format including ingredients and measurements in order of use, step-by-step preparation and cooking methods, the number of servings and cost per serving (determined by dividing the total cost of the dish by the number of servings).   

Only one entry per person is allowed.

The top 10 finalists will be notified by July 10. 

The top three winners must be present to receive their awards, which will be announced during the expo’s closing activities. The first-place winner’s recipe will be highlighted in the 2017 Rice Expo Cookbook. 

For more information or a complete list of the rules contact your local County Extension Office. 


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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