The world has a new champion frog jumper, and the trophy will stay in Calaveras County.
Casey Nash, from team CFJ Nash, dives to get his frog, Green Cough, to leap in the air Sunday at the Frog Jump Finals at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Casey Nash, of Vallecito, and his frog Green Cough walked away with the top hop Sunday afternoon at the 2014 International Frog Jump Finals in Angels Camp.
The jump-off is the signature event of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, pitting 50 qualifying frogs against one another to get their names on the trophy.
“He just went straight, that was the thing,” said Nash, 20, of his winning frog, which uncorked a 19 foot, 8 inch series of leaps for the grand prize.
Nash’s frog beat local frog jump team CFJ Nash, an offshoot of the regular jumping team Calaveras Frog Jockeys. Their win knocked off locals Foothill Frog Jockeys, who took the trophy home two years in a row with winners Riley Kitchell last year and Laura Kitchell in 2012.
This is the first championship for Nash, who has been jumping frogs with his family every year since he was 2. This is also the first time he’s placed among the top finishers.
Nash said he’s happy to keep the crown in Calaveras County, though he also said it’s fun to see it captured by an out-of-towner occasionally to keep up the competition.
For the complete story, see the May 19, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.
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