Doors for the 2011 event will open at 8:30 a.m. with clowns, games, contests and children’s pageants, as well as lots of other kid-friendly activities. A visiting grandmother deemed the event the “best kept secret in Louisiana.”
Children’s pageants include eight queen categories age 0-12 years of age to be held during the morning hours. Additionally, there will include a silent auction and flea market, craft stations, games and fun jumps, along with concessions slated to begin at 9 a.m.
Contests in “Children of All Ages” and “Royalty” categories will be held throughout the day. During the morning interactive participation with the reigning Ray*la*ne royalty, as well as other visiting queens, will include sack races, hula hoop contests, dancing, crafts, and events with no prior registration needed.
Additionally, attendees and royalty may register to enter the afternoon events to include decorated hula hoop, flip flop style show and floats for the indoor parade slated for 2:45 p.m. Floats will have two categories, “carries” and “rolled” with awards in all categories.
Concessions featuring children’s “Monkey Meals” and the famous “Ray*la*ne burgers” will also be sold throughout the day.
Doors will close following the parade to prepare for the by-invitation-only 2011 Royal Luau honoring the Ray*la*ne XIII royalty, including Queen April Nelson, Princess Sara Hollingsworth, Lady Heather Romero, Ms. Pam Hollingsworth and Deb Blair Bergeron during the afternoon hours.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the evening events that will include the senior pageants and coronation for the 2011-2012 Ray*la*ne royalty.
The senior pageants include Queen Ray*la*ne XIV, Princess Ray*la*ne XIV, Lady Ray*la*ne IX and Ms. Ray*la*ne II.
Request pageant entry forms, visiting royalty forms, program listings and other information from Marlene Habetz at email@example.com.
Rayne resident Blair Bergeron will reign over the Festival Ray*la*ne XIV Children’s Pageants. Age categories include: Infant 0-6 months; Baby 7-11 months; T’Nincy 12-23 months; Toddler 2 years; Tiny 3-4 years; Petite 5-6 years. Play wear attire required.
In the formal wear categories are: Little 7-9 years; Deb 10-12 years.
Queen Ray*la*ne VIII April Nelson presents her invitation to the 2011 festival and events in her letter as attached:
Dr Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Over this past year, I have had a lot to smile about, because I was chosen as Queen Ray*la*ne XIII.
Louisiana has many different fairs and festivals state wide celebrating almost every one of Louisiana’s commodities. Here in Rayne, we not only celebrate frogs, but one of the most priceless commodities of them all, our children.
Traveling the beautiful state of Louisiana has allowed me to experience Louisiana in the shoes of a Festival Queen. I have traveled many miles across the state shucking oysters in Amite, dancing with the Zydeco Ballers in Opelousas, getting a tour of Britney Spears’ home in Kentwood with her mom Lynn Spears, crawfishing in Breaux Bridge and, also representing Festival Ray*la*ne in Baton Rouge at the annual LAFF Convention and Queen of Queens Pageant.
None of this would have been possible without the help and support of my directors Mrs. Marlene Habetz and Theresa Prather, and also a big thanks to Ms. Cheryl Richard along with all of the amazing women of the Preceptor Alpha Chi.
I would also like to thank Mayor Jimbo Petijean for his dedication and hard work he puts towards the city of Rayne.
A special thanks to my amazing Ray*la*ne family Sara, Pam, Heather, and Blair; my year would not have been complete without you ladies.
I would also like to thank Rayne Acadian-Tribune for always being willing to publish pictures of my travels throughout the year.
I cordially invite you to attend Festival Ray*la*ne, held on July 16, 2011 at the Rayne Civic Center. “Where you can enjoy being a kid no matter what your age.”
In Queens Love,
Queen Ray*la*ne XIII