Jumping for joy

By Mike Morris, The Union Democrat

Calaveras County employees and elected leaders got a jump start on the upcoming county fair by having their own frog jump Tuesday afternoon in San Andreas.

Held on the lawn at the county's Government Center off Mountain Ranch Road, the annual event precedes the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, held May 15 to 18 at the county fairgrounds in Angels Camp.

"I want to know how many virgin frog jumpers we have here?" county Board of Supervisors member Merita Callaway asked a large crowd made up mostly of county employees and their families.

The annual event pits county employees in friendly competition against one another, with a spot in the world championships of frog jumping on the line.

Callaway and fellow Supervisor Cliff Edson emceed the hour-long event and both jumped frogs themselves.

Dozens of employees jumped frogs: Some kissed their amphibians, others blew on them and several screamed to motivate them to jump. The distance where the frog landed on its third jump was measured.

For the complete story, see the May 7, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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