Chairmen & Volunteers

Presidents of TRF

2021 Texas Rice Festival President

Jeff Leger, 2021 President of Texas Rice Festival

Jeff Leger

Jeffrey Weldon Leger , “Little Jeff” as he is known by, is the 2021 President of the Texas Rice Festival. He was born October 14, 1974, the oldest child of Jeffery Leger of China and Renee Riggs Greak of Sour Lake. Jeff was big brother to his sister, the late Amanda Leger Griffin, and brother Adam Leger. Jeff is a graduate of Hardin Jefferson High School.

He currently lives in Beaumont with his wife, Sara and step-daughter, Taylor. He has 2 daughters, Kalyne and Tori. Kalyne lives and works in Austin and Tori lives in Dallas and attends University of Texas Dallas. Jeff has a lot to be proud surrounded by all these lovely and talented girls. These girls and all of his family are the heart of his life.

Jeff second love started early, flagging in the rice fields for his Dad. Jeff is now Vice-President of the family business, ”Twin County Air Ag”, where he works alongside his Dad and brother Adam. There is a good chance the airplane you have seen dipping and diving over the fields of Southeast Texas is piloted by Jeff. He takes great pride in his work. In 2017, the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association honored Jeff with the esteemed award “Pilot of the Year”.

In 2006, Jeff planted his first rice crop; he soon learned there was always work to be done. Building fences or cutting hay for the 250 head of cattle that graze on the family property. Jeff has been involved with the Texas Rice Festival since 1992 starting in the Agricultural Education Tent. Later He joined Reid Lowrance in heading up the Stage Crew where many long hours are put in getting the stage ready for the entertainers. In 2008, he Co-Chaired the Festival Support Team.

Jeff served as President of the Texas Rice Festival in 2010 and 2020. In 2017 Jeff, Adam and their Dad were honored when Twin County Air Ag was named Honorees of the Texas Rice Festival.

In the last few years our community has recovered from hurricanes, area floods and much devastation, but, today we are moving forward together with the continued support of our sponsors and our many volunteers.

As President, Jeff would like everyone to come out in support of our local farmers, vendors and community.

Have a great time at the 2021 TEXAS RICE FESTIVAL!!

Past Presidents

1969 George Bauer

1969 George Bauer

Nome

1970 Jack Cravy

Hamshire

1971 Tom Jenkins

Stowell

1972 & 1973 Preston Manual

Fannett

1974 & 1975 Melvin Butts

Winnie

1976 & 1977 LeRoy Bauer

Winnie

1978 & 1979 Andy L. Thornton

Winnie

1980 & 1981 Ronnie Girouard

Winnie

1982 & 1983 Kary Kiker

Winnie

1984 & 1985 Tim C. Bauer

Winnie

1986 John Foy

Port Neches

1987 & 1988 Steve Fitzgerald

Winnie

1989 Milton Gaus

Winnie

1990 Steve Hodges

Winnie

1991 James Gentz, Jr.

Winnie

1992 Pat Pryor

Winnie

1993 Larry G. Winzer

Winnie

1994 Barry Daigle

Winnie

1995 Arlen Klosterboer

Bryan

1996 Kent Daigle

Winnie

1997 Phyllis Girouard

Winnie

1998 David Murrell

Winnie

1999 Pat Pryor

Winnie

2000 Carla Thibodeaux

Hamshire

2001 LeRoy McCall, Jr.

Hamshire

2002 Ray Chesson

Hamshire

2003 Chad Andrus

Winnie

2004 Melissa Hodges

Winnie

2005 Lilton Sonnier

Winnie

2006 Sandra Burrell

Fannett

2007 Karen Reneau

Fannett

2008 Reid Lowrance

Winnie

2009 Troy Dow

Winnie

2010 Jeff Leger

China

2011 Michael Neuman

Winnie

2012 Marlene Nolte

2013 Sissy Leger

Hamshire

2014 Ty Jones

Winnie

2015 Mike Milligan

Winnie

2016 Reid Lowrance

Winnie

2017 Girlean McCall

Hamshire

2018 Rip Matthews

Winnie

2019 Stuart Leger

Hamshire

2020 Jeff Leger

Hamshire

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