Monday, November 10, 2008

My Town Monday: Last of the Rayne


This post ends my MTM look at the amazing town of Rayne, Louisiana. A quick recap from previous entries: Rayne is known as the Frog capital of the world and stands out with all its frog murals gracing many of the city's building. Along one of the main streets is a cemetery facing the wrong direction that made Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It was the site of one of the country's WWII POW camps. To top it all off, Rayne is home to several frogs who were sent into space. I didn’t blog about this last one but Rayne's Chamber of Commerce explains all about our little green friends going where no other frog has gone before.

So, what's left? Why, the annual Frog Festival, of course! Little d and I had been waiting all year for the frog derby and jumping contest. We were disappointed when the September festival was postponed because of Hurricane Gustav, mainly because we weren't sure if we'd still be in town for the new November dates. But we're still here, and we happily spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the fun-filled event. There was a midway with plenty of rides (we opted for the ferris wheel), games and food. We missed the early morning frog derby *Groan!* but we were able to catch the live Cajun music, an arts and crafts show, and a big parade. Here are a few pics:





















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12 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Glad that frogs are prevalent enough there to have a contest.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Great post with excellent pictures. In a few minutes I'll be putting up a post on Women of Mystery that links to you here at "Pulp Writer."

Terrie

Charles Gramlich said...

I did not know of the town of Rayne's frog festival. We've got a lot of frogs around here too. Love to hear them.

David Cranmer said...

Patti, I'm afraid I saw more on the menu than live. And, sadly, the few that I did see may not have had much time left.

Terrie, I just left a comment over at your blog and have to say many thanks for the link and for trying to rescue me :)

Charles, one thing a really love about your state is that every town seems celebrate their heritage with a unique theme, whether it's frogs, rabbits, or ducks.

Travis Erwin said...

This is a very hoppening post. How's that for a croaker ... I mean groaner.

Merelyme said...

Oh my goodness...I love frogs! I collect stuffed animal frogs. What a wonderfully froggy post!

Georgie B said...

Unusual to say the least.

Thanks.

Barbara Martin said...

Do they serve "grenouille" legs there? I've had them in Montreal, tasty...

Great post and photo of you on the ferris wheel. Interesting frog festival.

David Cranmer said...

Travis, you have a way with words :)

Merelyme, I'm glad you enjoyed it. My wife likes frogs also, but I'm not a big fan. However, Rayne definitely makes them as charming as possible.

Georgie B, Unusual but as I said to Merelyme, charming.

lyzzydee said...

I like frog pictures and frog models but the real deal I can't cope with. I had a cat that used to think they were a great gift!!!

David Cranmer said...

lyzzydee, I so agree. Frogs are fine at a distance!

Barrie said...

Hey, we have a frog festival in Northern California! I wonder why sent frogs to outer space? Loved this post!