Frog Derby Queen Named
By Lisa Soileaux
Tradition continued Saturday morning of the 2010 Rayne Frog Festival as Dakota Jean Henry was crowned Frog Derby Queen, the long-time event held for many years by the Rayne Lions Club. Interviews and judging were held Sunday, Nov. 7, at The Green Room.
Dakota is the 18-year-old daughter of Ricky and Renee and a senior at Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish. Her frog for the contest was “The Bounty Hunter.”
Making the presentations were last year’s honoree, Hannah Alleman, and Lions Club Chairman Luke Beslin.
Ashley Guidry, 17-year-old daughter of Byron and Monica Foote, will also assume the title of Frog Jockey Queen with the initial honoree, Dakota Henry, named Frog Derby Queen. Dakota received her crown as Frog Jockey Queen during the 2010 International Rice Festival recently held in Crowley.
Ashley was also awarded as her frog, “Lady Frog-ga” was selected as “Best Dressed.”
Named First Maid was Mayme Elizabeth Cook, 17-year-old daughter of Robert and Karon Cook. She was honored but was unable to attend because of her participation in the State Volleyball Tournament as a member of the State Champions Lady Pios of Notre Dame High School. Her frog was to be named “Jean PIerre (Prince).”
Kristen Paige Petitjean, 16-year-old daughter of Brian and Carol Petitjean, was named 2nd Maid. Her frog entry, “Charlie Brown” was awarded the trophy for farthest jump during the leaping portion of the program.
Morgan Meche, 16-year-old daughter of Craig and Jamie Meche, was named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. Her frog was “Drew.”
Assisting Chairman Beslin for the contest were fellow Lions Byron Foote, Raymond Thevis and John-Jude Beslin.
Also assisting with the presentations was Rayne Cultural Director Cheryl Richard, Festival Coordinator.
Serving as judges for the event were past Frog Derby title holders.