The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards night banquet Wednesday night at the Ville Platte Civic Center. The emcee for the event was Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel.
Selected as Ville Platte’s Man of the Year was Dr. William “Tojo” Ward, chairman of the Parish Industrial Development Board. The Ville Platte Woman of the Year was Rita Fontenot, chairperson of the Belaire Cove Crawfish Cookoff.
The Ville Platte Business of the Year was selected to be Paul’s Meat Market and Grocery while the Business Person of the Year was Cody Vidrine, owner of Ace Hardware.
Evangeline Parish County Agent Keith Fontenot announced that the 2013 Farmer/Rancher of the Year was Dave Morein, a soybean and rice farmer.
Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot made a surprise presentation to Floyd Soileau, owner operator of Floyd’s Record Shop who after operating for more than 50 years closed its doors last year