Chairmen & Volunteers

Presidents of TRF

2019 Texas Rice Festival President

Stuart Leger

Stuart Leger, president of the 50th Annual Texas Rice Festival, was born and raised in Hamshire, Texas.  He was delivered by W.C. Rollo at Winshire Clinic, and he has never lived more than five miles from the site of the old clinic.  Although Stuart has never grown much more than a garden, he has worked in parallel with many farmers while making his living in the Southeast Texas oil fields.

He opened S&S Operating Company in 1980 with partner, Scott Jones. They have been a part of the oil field service community for 39 years.  With the addition of Lases Company Inc., Atco Producing and Saratoga Production, Stuart and his partner have ventured into all areas of the oil and gas industry.

Stuart married a Fannett girl, Sissy Daigle, a past Texas Rice Festival President.  They have been married for 39 years. They have two daughters, Kim Hill and Kelly Strain, a son, Russell Leger and six grandchildren, Jackson Burford, Hallie Burford, Jade Hill, Carson Hill, Georgia Strain and Rowdy Strain.  When not busy with work or family, Stuart likes to spend time at the beach or make a trip to the casino.

Stuart Leger has worked with the Texas Rice Festival for 15 years. Together with his wife, Sissy, they have chaired and sponsored the Dignitary Hospitality room for the last 7 years. 

Stuart would like to thank all our sponsors and volunteers that make this festival the success it is today. 

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 Cheson

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