Rayne Chamber tweaks Frog Festival schedule at October meeting
Some changes to the schedule for the 2019 Rayne Frog Festival were announced during the October meeting of the Rayne Chamber of Commerce.
Committee reports included a Frog Festival report, OST Day and Creative Placemaking updates.
In the absence of Chairman Jeremy Lavergne, President Nikki Link gave an update on the 2019 Frog Festival including a few changes that will be instituted next year.
Link noted all bands have been booked, including T. Graham Brown as a main attraction.
Among the changes to be instituted for the 2019 Frog Festival is the moving of the Grand Parade to Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.
“Thus far,” Link noted, “we have gotten positive reactions for the move.”
Opening ceremonies for the festival are tentatively planned to be held under the pavilion immediately following the parade.
Admission fees also were discussed, including a price range for different nights, along with “Family Nights” for Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The 2019 Frog Festival will be held May 8 - 11.
Dr. Eddie Palmer gave a brief report on the upcoming OST Day Celebration slated Nov. 3 in the downtown area of the city. He noted a number of additional events and speakers will be on hand for the third anniversary of the event, all held in celebration of Rayne, the nation’s first official OST City in the nation.
Palmer also spoke of the ongoing Creative Placemaking with a meeting slated among community leaders and committee members.
Under old business, Link spoke of the Business of the Quarter nominations that are needed for the upcoming Business After Hours.
All Chamber members are eligible to be nominated.
The lone new business item discussed was the annual First Responders Breakfast slated for Nov. 7 and 8 at Frog City Restaurant.
Volunteering to chair the event were Marietta Leonards-Sikat and Cynthia Oliver.
Executive Director Frances Bihm noted that 112 Chamber members have paid dues for the coming year. She expects that number to increase.