2011 Frog Festival queen, Chynna Fontenot, regally represents Rayne - Queen enjoys travels as an Ambassador to Rayne, as well as the entire state
By: Angela Becnel - Staff Writer
RAYNE - The 2010-2011 Rayne Frog Festival Queen, Chynna Fontenot, reigned over the 2010 Frog Festival Parade. Since then, she has represented Rayne throughout the United States and has attended several Louisiana festivals as well as many public events.
“To say that this past year was truly amazing would be an understatement,” said Chynna. “When the crown that symbolizes why the city of Rayne comes together to celebrate its historic charm, beautiful culture and unique traditions was placed on my head, my fantasy fairy tale turned into a web foot reality and was the start of a truly unforgettable experience. This year kicked off with kissing a frog at a festival I was finally able to proudly call my own.”
As the year progressed, Chynna was given the opportunity to travel around the state of Louisiana one festival at a time. From eating spicy crawfish in Breaux Bridge and sweet watermelon in DeRidder to chasing chickens in Church Point at the 50th Courir de Mardi Gras, she experienced various adventures while reigning as the 2011 Rayne Frog Festival queen.
Chynna attended the exotic Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles. She chopped cypress trees in Patterson, rode buggies in Church Point and she threshed rice in Crowley.
“I can honestly say that I have seen Louisiana at its best. This is only a few of the many events I have traveled to,” said Chynna. “In the beginning of 2011 I was able to compete against the finest our state has to offer at the 2011 Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant held in Baton Rouge. I honestly had the time of my life with my queen sisters and the Frog Festival Association.”
She was also able to embark on a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Mystic Krewe of Louisianians Mardi Gras Ball.
“Touring such a historic place and representing the city of Rayne outside of this state was truly unforgettable and I never felt more like a queen than the night at the ball,” she beamed. “I am proud to say that there are 52 weekends in a year, and I have traveled to over 60 events.”
Chynna reflects on her year and remembers her visit to the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Pageant in Patterson.
“I attended the Queen’s day events, where we toured Patterson, rolled on longs and planted and cut cypress trees,” said Chynna. “The day ended with the formal pageant that night where all visiting queens were escorted and formally introduced.”
For Chynna, it seems unreal that a year has come and gone faster than she could blink her eyes.
“I am enjoying my reign so much and really don’t want it to come to an end,” she said.
In the meantime, the Rayne Frog Festival Association is making plans for the 2011 festival being held November 9-13. They are planning music, rides, arts and crafts and the parade.
The association is happy to announce the selection of Fair Craig King Hash as the 2011 Rayne Frog Festival Parade Grand Marshal. Hash becomes the first “second-generation” Grand Marshal, as her mother Myrta Fair Craig, was honored as the first woman Grand Marshal in 1975.
Also, the Rayne Lions Club famous Frog Derby will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, under the Pavilion stage. The event began in 1946 as part of the Crowley Rice Festival and moved home to Rayne when the Frog Festival began 38 years ago.
The event features a “Best Dressed Frog” competition in which each jockey dresses her frog in a unique, handmade costume. The beautiful jockeys also dress in pastel-colored shorts with suspenders, coordinating checkered blouses and matching caps to jump their frogs in competition.
Concluding the colorful event is the crowning of the Frog Derby queen.
With input from those involved in the production of the annual event as well as valuable input from the community regarding admission and carnival pricing, organizers of the 2011 festival are announcing that admission rates will be follows.
Children 12 and under will be admitted free for the duration of the festival weekend and adults will be admitted for $5 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m. on Saturday admission will be $7 for adults.
Carnival wristband pricing was considered to be a significant factor in the success of the 2010 festival, so there will be wristband pricing for every night of the 2011 festival.
Wristband pricing will be $15 on Wednesday and Sunday, $17 on Thursday, $20 on Friday and Saturday. “Weekend Warrior” wristbands (covering Friday and Saturday) will be available by advance purchase only at a price of $35.
The Rayne Frog Festival will be celebrating 39 years this November.
“Traveling across the state of Louisiana, as well as beyond our state representing the city of Rayne, has been an honor,” said Chynna. “As my year comes to an end, I am left with tons of memories, unforgettable friends and thousands of pictures.
“I will forever be your 2010-2011 Frog Festival Queen.”