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Rayne cooks up some fun during 'Stir the Pot' cookoff

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Posted at 4:55 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 23:19:56-04

Some Rayne residents got out their favorite cooking pot, seasoning, and trusted recipes for the 2021 'Stir the Pot' Cook-off held Saturday.

Participants were asked to cook up their best specialty dish for the judges, who started to taste the dishes around 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

The event was held at the Frog Festival Pavilion and is co-sponsored by the Rayne Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rayne.

Participating in the cook-off was Troy Alleman and J.B. Broussard, who call their team 'Two Bald Guys and a Black Pot.' Alleman said the cook-off is very important to the city because it brings people out to spend money locally and bring people together.

2021 Frog Festival royalty was also crowned before the cook-off, including the Tadpole, Deb, and Jr. royalty and the 2021 Frog Festival Queen.

This year's Frog Festival was supposed to be held on Saturday, but organizers canceled the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in adversity, organizers found a way to hold the event for the community because, as Alleman said, "That's what Cajuns do!"

Alleman and Broussard both agree that after being canceled two years in a row because of COVID-19, and with 2022 marking its 50th anniversary, next year's Rayne Frog Festival will be the biggest one the city's ever seen.

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