But one of the more unique celebrations is found in the city of Rayne where the Frog Festival takes place Wednesday through Nov. 10. You can hop on down to this south Louisiana town about 90 miles to the south along Interstate 10 to have a ‘toadally’ awesome time with good food, live music and unique froggy events. Don’t miss the chance to watch signature activities such as frog racing and jumping and the frog derby in which bullfrogs are dressed in handmade costumes.
Once you are done watching all the amphibian action you can stand, head over to the “Big Gig” music showcase. Live performances will be held all weekend featuring national recording artists, regional bands and local talent. A few examples include Ronnie Matthews, Jamie Bergeron, Cajun Head and Beer 30.
Fun beckons with about 40 rides ranging from those for children to the intermediate adventurer and the daring. Games are geared toward young children and families.
If you get hungry you can try any of the traditional fare offered at fairs and festivals everywhere. Classic carnival foods, from cotton candy to corn dogs to funnel cakes are the norm. But then again, if you want to give your taste buds an adventure, you could try some frog legs and other Cajun cuisine.
Nov. 8 admission is $10 per adult and $1 per child under 12. Nov. 9 admission from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. is $5 per adult and $1 per child under 12. (If requested, admission bracelets will be given to those who paid in the morning that wish to leave and return after 1 p.m...without paying again) or tstay all day for the $5 price. Those who enter on Nov. 9 from 1 p.m.-close will pay an admission of $10 per adult and $1 per child under 12. Nov. 10 is admission free.
For more information visit www.raynefrogfestival.com.
Here are a few humorous rules that govern the frog racing, jumping contests:
Festival visitors are invited to participate in the unique Frog Racing and Jumping contests at the 41st annual Rayne Frog Festival. The contests will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at Stage II.
The Frog Racing and Jumping contests made their debut appearance at the third annual Frog Festival.
Since then, they have proven to be one of the most popular events, offering festival-goers a chance to “get in on the action” and handle real, live frogs.
To participate, a person has the option of entering the “frog racing” or “frog jumping” contest. A contestant may bring a frog or rent one for a small fee.
Racing contest rules
1. Frogs must measure at least four inches from nose to tail and must be bullfrogs, toads or spring frogs. Little green tree frogs are not allowed due to the fact that the sponsors will not accept the responsibility for damages incurred by the little critters if they are stepped upon.
2. All frogs must be named to avoid frog-calling confusion.
3. Contestants may not feed their frogs Tabasco or any other Louisiana hot sauce to make them jump farther. Also, contestants may not feed their opponents’ frogs any Louisiana rice or soybeans to slow them down.
4. Frogs may not be touched once the race is underway. A reluctant entrant may be convinced to move by blowing on it, shouting at it, jumping up and down, or any other means with the exception of touching. Touching the frog means instant disqualification.
5. Frogs will be raced in heats, with each frog being placed within a circle. The frogs will be allowed a specified amount of time to reach the finish line, which is the drawn line surrounding the circle. The first frog to reach the finish line in the allotted time will be declared the winner of that heat and will advance to the next phase of semi-finals and then the finals.
Jumping contest rules
1. Racing contests rules 1-4 also apply to the jumping contest.
2. Each frog will be permitted three jumps. The distance from the starting point to the point where the frog lands on the third jump will be measured to determine the winner.
On stage, when the call of “Ils Sonte Parti” is sounded, the frogs will be off and hopping, jumping and leaping — hopefully toward the finish line, but you never know.