Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee - Angels Camp, CA

Location: Frogtown Calaveras County Fairgrounds
2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp, California, 95222
Event Types: Fairs (view all Angels Camp events in May)
Event Date: May 2021
Organizer: Friends of the Calaveras County Fair,, , 209-736-2561

Event Overview

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, in Angels Camp, California, takes place May 19, 2021 and ends in May. This County Fair event is sponsored by Friends of the Calaveras County Fair and will be located at Frogtown Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road.

Additional Notes

Mark Twain would be proud of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, California. When he wrote his first published short story celebrating the famous bullfrog named Dan'l Webster in the 1860s, he may not have envisioned the more than 35,000 visitors the event attracts today, but he would undoubtedly recognize the uniquely American spirit the fair represents.

Twain's story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was first published in 1865 and concerned the exaggerated happenings, and frog jumping acrobatics, in the gold rush town of Angels Camp in California. Although the story catapulted Twain to fame, it initially did little for the county that bears its name. It wasn't until 1893 that the first Calaveras fair was organized which eventually morphed into the event celebrated today.

Held the every third weekend in May, more than 2,000 entrants take part in the annual Frog Jump, each vying for 50 spots in the International Frog Jump Grand Finals held on the Sunday of the fair. The record jump for the event, 25 feet and a frogs toenail over 5 inches, was set in 1986 by an athletic croaker named Rosie the Ribeter. Rosie pocketed a cool $5,000 for her feat, although what she did with the money is lost to history.

The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee is a community affair with more than 7,000 exhibits and enough visitor traffic to generate over $25 million dollars in revenue for the area. In addition to the Frog Jump, the fair features a rodeo, horse events, a carnival and live entertainment. The livestock auction annually raises more than $350,000 for the area's youth services. The fair is held on the Frogtown fairgrounds, located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, and includes 80 scenic acres and the Frogtown RV park which has 68 full service camp sites.

Mark Twain may not have been able to foresee the elaborate events in Calaveras County that were inspired by his modest short story, but as he looks down from the heavens, it surely brings a smile to his face.

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