Jubilee jump start

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

Frogtown was hopping Thursday as the four-day Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee kicked off with carnival rides, corn dogs and, of course, frog jumping.

Fair festivities started with a parade through downtown Angels Camp and will culminate Sunday with the International Frog Jump Finals.

The annual fair attracts thousands of people each May to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, also known as Frogtown, in Angels Camp.

To celebrate the paving of Angels Camp's Main Street in 1928, the first jumping frog contest was held as a nod to Mark Twain's famed "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The event was combined with the county fair in 1938.

On Thursday afternoon, a man from Florida jumped a frog named "Elvis" on the main stage.

Underneath the stage, tours are given of the "frog spa." That's where frogs stored in several tanks are taken seven at a time in burlap sacks to the jumping area above.

For the complete story, see the May 16, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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