Saturday, November 8, 2008

Frog Festival Overcomes Gustav

Mother Nature, as a committe of one, was responsible for scheduling Rayne's (LA) Frog Festival for this weekend. Originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend, the Festival was forced to open two months later due to the intrusion of Hurricane Gustav. Given the beautiful (cool, low humidity) weather today, some attendees were wondering about holding the Festival in November in the future.

This large frog mural at the Rayne Civic Center welcomes festival goers to the Fairgrounds for entertainment and games. This canvas mural, commemorating the 25th Annual Frog Festival, is one of several painted by Robert Dafford.

This work was painted on canvas for a very practical reason--should the building become obsolete, the canvas can be removed from the exterior of the Civic Center and placed elsewhere in Rayne. The king and queen frog are highlighted in this portion of the large mural.

Glenn Jagneaux and Cajun Friends provide the musical entertainment for the afternoon. They featured Cajun, country, and a few rock 'n roll selections.

The photos here show some scenes from the 36th Annual Festival.

I sometimes think the carnival attractions are practical during the day, but at night the artistry takes center stage.

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