New Frog Festival royalty to be named this weekend

The 2009 Frog Festival Queen and Teen Queen Pageant, sponsored by the Rayne City Council of Beta Sigma Phi, will be held this weekend on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Rayne Civic Center

. Advance tickets are available for a cost of $8 each by contacting Cheryl R. McCarty at 334-8347. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $10 each.

The competition for contestants consists of the following segments: Interview, Introductions, Evening Gown and an On Stage Conversation.

Royal properties being awarded include beautiful customized frog crowns for each of the new royalty, banner, engraved silver tray, and the Miss entry to the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens pageant, 1st Maid – entry to Festival Ray*la*ne, banner, 2nd Maid – entry to the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival, banner, 3rd Maid – banner, Miss Congeniality - banner, silver tray.

For more information, contact Cheryl McCarty at 337-334-8347, via email at culturaldirector@rayne.org or stop by the Bernard-Bertrand House at 1023 The Boulevard in Rayne.

The outgoing three Frog Festival Queens who will be crowning their successors this weekend, have this invitation and best wishes as follows:

Once the crown was placed on my head last August, I did not know where my year would take me. I have lived in the City of Rayne my whole life, yet I had not experienced our amazing festival as the Frog Queen before. It took me two years to capture my dream title, and I can honestly say that it was truly amazing and words cannot describe the beauty of it.

My year has taken me to new heights - from having the amazing opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to competing at Queen of Queens. Not only that, but I was able to reign over a whole festival. My travels have taken me from the fields of Ponchatoula with some of my closest queen friends picking Strawberries, to the Patterson Cypress and Sawmill Festival where we even beat out some of the professional Passe Patout companions. With traveling to over 50 different events in the state, it never compared to the great things I had the chance to do in my own city. Fright Fest, RV Rallies, Project Pink, Ray’la’ne, and so many others. I also had the opportunity to get to know more fascinating people whose footprints will travel with me for the rest of my life.

From the City of Rayne to my rhinestone sisters, I hope to share this weekend with you as I complete a most wonderful and enjoyable time in my life as I complete my reign as Frog Festival Queen.

In closing it is heartbreaking to say this is the third and last time I had the honor to represent my hometown of Rayne. Frog Derby Queen, Miss Rayne, and Frog Festival Queen; I will never forget the city I have came from, no matter where my path takes me.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Richard,

Your 2008 Frog Festival Queen

“Life gives us brief moments with another….but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime.” Being crowned the 2008 Teen Frog Festival Queen is definitely a memory that will remain close to my heart forever. This title has not only allowed me to travel throughout the beautiful state of Louisiana, but it has given me a reason to smile, and introduced me to lifetime friends. It has been such an honor to represent my home town and the frog festival. During my reign, I have created memories that I can cherish forever.

This past year has kept me busy representing an incredible title. From kissing frogs at my own festival, to chasing pigs at the Swine Festival, and much more. Those memories will stay with me forever. I have traveled many miles attending numerous pageants, luncheons, and festivals, but sadly that year has to come to an end. It is time for another lucky young lady to fulfill her dream. I have a tremendous amount of people to thank, too long of a list to fill. I couldn’t have gotten through this year without the help from many people. I thank you all.

My Frog Family and rhinestone sisters along with your loving moms. Each and every one of you means so much to me and has a special place in my heart. Although we may not still have the crowns on our heads, we will always have the memories in our hearts. Thanks for welcoming me into our little family with open arms. I love you all!

To my family and friends, thanks for all the love and support throughout the year. Its meant so much to me to look out into the audience and see you all cheering me on! You guys mean the world to me! I love you all!

To my successor, you are about to have the experience of a lifetime. Don’t let the crown wear you, you wear the crown! Always remember that you are representing an amazing title with great culture and history, and you have a lot to be proud of!

And for the last time……

Kelsey Primeaux

2008 Teen Frog Festival Queen

What a wonderful year I have had representing the City of Rayne and the Frog Festival!

I have had so much fun attending various events in Rayne and visiting other festivals and pageants.

I especially want to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible and for making me feel welcomed and special wherever I went.

The year has passed quickly and now it is time for me to turn over the title of Junior Frog Festival Queen to another very lucky girl.

I have made so many new friends and will cherish our memories forever. No matter where life takes me, I will always have a special place in my heart for Rayne.

Thanks for the Memories,

Alaina Picard

2008 Jr. Frog Festival Queen

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