The History Of The Calaveras Frog Jumping Competition - Mark Twain Frog Jump





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Published on May 22, 2013

This last weekend the nearby Calaveras County hosted their annual Frog Jumping Competition and Calaveras County Fair just outside Angels Camp, California.

Modesto News .org took the short drive out to the event in order to capture it on film and to bring it to you.

While we were there we were able to capture the fun and excitement of the frog jumping on film and all of the fun of the county fair as well. It was a great time had by all who attended however, we did wonder what the origins of the frog jump and fair were.

That is why we tracked down the President of the Calaveras County Fair Board, Mr. Bob Trinchero for this exclusive interview about the origins of the annual event.

Stay tuned to Modesto News .org for all things Modesto, California and beyond.

Here is some more information about the
Calaveras Frog Jump from Wiki:

"Frog jumping is a competitive pastime in which frogs compete to jump certain distances. Frog jumping contests are held in small communities scattered around the United States, as part of the folk culture.
Frog jumping was made famous in a short story by Mark Twain, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." An event has been held annually in Calaveras County since 1928, with other events held in Indiana, Ohio, Washington, Maine, Missouri, Louisiana, New York, and also in Manitoba, Canada. With 4,000 contestants in 2007, the Calaveras County contest has strict rules regulating the frogs' welfare, including limiting the daily number of a frog's jumps, and mandating the playing of calming music in their enclosures. The endangered California Red-legged Frog may not be entered in the competition. Participants entering the longest jumping frog were to win a $750 prize or $5,000 if their frog breaks the 1986 record of 21 feet, 5¾ inches set by Rosie the Ribeter."


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