Rayne was the winner in the population category for construction of its Frog Festival Pavilion, a covered, open-air facility which provides a venue for festivals, concerts and other events.
In the same category, the City of Vinton earned honorable mention for Love’s Travel Plaza and Vinton Water and Sewer Expansion Project.
Announcment of LMA’s 2007 Community Achievement Awards was made Saturday night, Aug. 9, at the annual banquet of LMA’s 71st Annual Convention at the Cajundone in Lafayette.
In his entry form for the community achievement award competition, Mayor Jim Petitjean elegantly described the impact the pavilion has and will have on the city.
A portion of the entry form follows:
“The annual, three day Frog Festival has become more than just a celebration for the City of Rayne. With each festivalgoer spending an estimated $50 per day, the festival provides the city with a much-needed windfall of revenue generated from the more than 25,000 visitors that attend each year. As an outdoor festival, this vital economic boon depends largely on the weather and the City’s ability to attract prominent entertainers. After thirty three years of playing dice with the weather, the City of Rayne built the Frog Festival Pavilion, a facility of sufficient size and modern accoutrement that protects the festival from South Louisiana’s dynamic climate, while maintaining a rustic outdoor atmosphere, and providing a venue fit for almost any act.
“Finished in time for Frog Festival 2006, the pavilion immediately proved its worth: guarding the audience from heavy rain while country music legend John Conlee performed in true form. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility is an open-air structure, specially designed to provide natural and effective ventilation of Louisiana’s stifling humidity. The same design that keeps visitors cool also keeps musicians sounding their best by providing the steel frame’s bouncing, tinny sound with an escape route, giving the facility superb acoustics.
“While built with the Frog Festival in mind, the pavilion’s modern features make Rayne an attractive destination for many touring musical artists, conventions, and festivals. The City has reserved a wide variety of events from dog shows to car shows, some of which will bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, a significant source of income and entertainment for a city of any size.”