Rayne Frog Festival to be held November 7-9
RAYNE – Due to a rescheduling as a result of Hurricane Gustav, the 2008 Rayne Frog Festival will be held on the first full weekend in November on November 7 – 9.
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.
Mitchell Bros. Carnival will open the festival with family nights beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6, when you can pay one price and ride all you want. No gate admission is charged on those nights. Festival booths and other activities officially begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 7, with opening ceremonies on the stage under the pavilion. The carnival will sell bracelets to ride all night for $15.
Gate admission for the weekend is $1 for children under 12 years of age. Adult admission prices on Friday is $5, Saturday until 3 p.m. - $5, after 3 p.m. - $7 and on Sunday - $5.
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 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The ‘big gig’ features an exciting lineup of musicians that will be entertaining under the pavilion, starting on Friday with Jackie Callier/Ivy Dugas and Cajun Cousins at 7 p.m., sponsored by Chef Roy’s Frog City Café. Jaryd Lane takes the stage from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun plays from 10:30 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Booths will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The popular Diaper Derby, sponsored by the Rayne Jaycees begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Project Dance Performance Team under the direction of Nikki Link. Mr. & Miss Tadpole royalty and the Deb and Junior Frog Festival royalty will be introduced at 10 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 a.m. at Cajun Pines Golf Club located in Branch.
The highlight of Saturday’s activities will be the Grand Parade, stepping off at 1 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 for businesses, elected officials and candidates for office and $25 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. The deadline for registration will be Friday, October 31st.
Saturday’s entertainment includes a Jam Session from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Glenn Jacquneaux & Cajun Friends from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The evening kicks off with Krossfyre at 6 p.m. followed by legendary recording artist, Percy Sledge at 9 p.m. Closing the night’s lineup is favorite Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday’s festival activities begin with a Poker Run sponsored by Fezzo’s Seafood, Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. at the festival grounds with the run starting at 9 a.m.
An outdoor Mass will be celebrated on the fairgrounds at 10 a.m. with booths opening at 11 a.m.
The signature event of the festival, the popular Frog Racing and Jumping contests, open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 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.
Poker run winners will be announced under the pavilion during the afternoon’s entertainment by Primetime, who are performing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Rayne Frog Festival will reach its conclusion on Sunday at 4 p.m.
For additional information, contact Festival Coordinator Cheryl R. McCarty at 337-334-8347 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.