37th Annual Frog Festival set for Nov 12-14
The Rayne Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2009 Rayne Frog Festival, celebrating its 37th year, on November 12-14
Important changes for the annual event include the dates being permanently moved to November and a shift in the days of the festival to Thursday-Saturday.
The inopportune timing of Hurricane Gustav in 2008 provided a fortuitous postponement, resulting in an event held in beautiful, cool weather and larger crowds than ever!
Once again, festival-goers will be sheltered from the elements when the 2009 Rayne Frog Festival opens under the 20,000 sq. ft. pavilion located on the festival grounds just off Interstate 10 in Rayne.
Festival attendees will find plenty of free parking on the Frog Festival grounds, and a number of spaces for RV campers are available next to the grounds and can be reserved by contacting Rayne City Hall at 337-334-3121.
Miller Amusements opens the festival with $1.50 ride night at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11. No gate admission is charged on that night.
Introduced this year will be a festival “Sneak Peak” on Thursday night. Entertaining attendees will be Geno Delafose & French Rocking Boogie starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission at the gate will be $3.00 for adults. Children will be admitted for free. Miller Amusement will be offering its armband special beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Festival booths and other activities officially begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, with opening ceremonies on the stage under the pavilion.
Gate admission for the weekend is $1.00 for children under 12 years of age. Adult admission prices on Friday is $5.00 and Saturday until 3:00 p.m. - $5.00, after 3:00 p.m. - $7.00.
Festival booths on the grounds will offer all types of food including hamburgers, fried frog legs, sandwiches, po-boys, assorted seafoods, funnel cakes, beer, daquiris, soft drinks, lemonade and many more tantalizing tidbits.
Inside the Civic Center, adjacent to the festival grounds, the Frog Festival Arts and Crafts Show will feature booths offering a wide variety of handmade items. The show, hosted by the Rayne Beautification Board, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The ‘big gig’ features an exciting lineup of musicians that will be entertaining under the pavilion, starting on Friday with Kira Viator & Bayou Beat at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Chef Roy’s Frog City Café. Wayne Toups and Zydecajun takes the stage from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajun, sponsored by Sterling Automotive Group, plays from 10:30 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Prior to the opening of the festival on Saturday, the annual Poker Run registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and leaves the fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. Booths open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The popular Diaper Derby, sponsored by the Rayne Jaycees begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Project Dance Performance Team under the direction of Nikki Link.
Mr. & Miss Tadpole royalty, Frog Festival and local royalty will be introduced at 10:00 a.m.
The Rayne Lions Club will stage its Frog Derby Queen’s competition, featuring costumed frogs and frog racing by contestants at 10:30 a.m.
The Frog Festival Golf Tournament will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Cajun Pines Golf Club located in Branch.
The signature event of the festival, the popular Frog Racing and Jumping contests, open to the public, will be held from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. under the pavilion. Register and rent a frog from the Rayne Jaycees, who co-sponsor the event with the Rayne-Acadian Tribune. The contests are open to all age groups, from young children to adults.
Saturday’s musical entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. with Step Back, making their first appearance at the event.
The highlight of Saturday’s activities will be the Grand Parade, stepping off at 3:00 p.m. from American Legion Drive, traveling up North Adams Avenue and the Boulevard and ending at the festival fairgrounds. Entry fees for the parade are $75.00 for businesses, elected officials and candidates for office and $25.00 for individual entries and non-profit organizations. To obtain a parade registration form, visit www.raynefrogfestival.org or contact Cheryl R. McCarty, Festival Coordinator at 337-334-8347. Deadline for registration will be Friday, November 6.
Saturday entertainment resumes after the grand parade at 3:30 p.m. with Kip Sonnier & Hurricane. Poker run winners will be announced under the pavilion following the conclusion of the afternoon’s entertainment by Sonnier.
The evening kicks off with returning favorites Krossfyre at 5:30 p.m. followed by Jaryd Lane at 7:30 p.m.
Closing the Saturday night lineup is legendary classic rock band, Bad Company w/Brian Howe at 9:30 p.m.. Bad Company is best remembered as the superstar group from the 70’s and early 80’s with Billboard Hits such as “Can’t Get Enough” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. Brian Howe joined Bad Company in 1984 and his sellout performances in venues around the world is an event you must see and hear - because “What You Hear Is What You Get - The Best Of Bad Company - Live!”
The best musical showcases in the area, the smells of delicious regional foods, which of course, includes fried frog legs and the sights of our signature Frog Derby, frog racing and frog jumping contests make Rayne the place to be the second full weekend in November.
Make your plans now to attend the 37th Annual Rayne Frog Festival, November 12-14.
For additional information, visit our website at www.raynefrogfestival.org or contact Festival Coordinator Cheryl R. McCarty at 337-334-8347, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Miles Boudreaux at the Rayne Chamber of Commerce at 337-334-2332, via email at email@example.com.