When it comes to community festivals, there are few that rival the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. One of California’s signature annual events, the fair is also one of the state’s longest-running events, dating back to 1893.
Every May, in a very “State Fair” kind of setting, the communities of Calaveras County join together in a festive celebration of livestock, entertainment, food, cowboy poetry, wine tasting and of course, Mark Twain’s famed jumping amphibian, all set against a scenic backdrop in a quaint gold rush era town.
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Events
The International Frog Jump
The signature event is the International Frog Jump, where frogs from around the world compete to become the top frog. And when the fair says jump, the frogs say “how high?” The current world record holder, Rosie the Ribeter jumped more than 21 feet in 1986.
Frog jumping competitions are held throughout the weekend. Contestants can participate in the “for fun only” Lily Pad stage or go for the gold, by entering their frog in a qualifying event. The top 50 jumpers are selected to advance to the International Frog Jump finals on Sunday afternoon.
Professional frog teams travel from all over the state to compete but contestants can also use one provided by the fairgrounds. “Borrowed” frogs live in the “Frog Spa” during the four-day fair. The spa strictly adheres to the Frog Welfare Policy, underscoring the fair’s commitment to treating all competing frogs in a humane manner.
Other festival events include a children’s parade through downtown Angels Camp, the Miss Calaveras County contest, Saddle Queen demonstrations, a Destruction Derby, the California Carnival, livestock contests, entertainment, wine tasting, baked goods judging and food vendors.
Calaveras County Fairgrounds
May 15-18, 2014