Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee

July 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

I took a little mini-vacation to the Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee in Angel’s Camp, California. It is a quaint local county fair that lasts for only 4 days. It begins on the third Thursday of May each year and concludes on the next Sunday. The highlight of the fair is the Frog Jumping Jubilee. The Calaveras County Frog Jumping Jubilee was made famous in renown author Mark Twain’s first short story, “The jumping Frogs of Calaveras County.” That distinction is what drew me to the event.

The Parade:

The festivities begin on Thursday with the Children’s Parade down the main street of downtown Angel’s camp (which is only about two blocks long). The parade has everything that you would expect in a parade…only on a much smaller scale.

The parade has floats, just like any other.
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It has local dignitaries riding in cars.
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It has local civic groups and businesses participating as well.
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Naturally, there were some vintage vehicles, (in this case fire trucks) and the U. S. Forest Service was represented.
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Since this is the Children’s Parade, there were plenty of children too.
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With most local parades, there are the equestrians, and this one was no exception.
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And, what local parade is complete without a marching band and the reigning queen of something – in this instance, “Miss Calaveras Saddle Queen.”
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The Fair:

The fairgrounds are located about 2 miles south of Angel’s Camp in a pastoral setting nestled in the Central California foothills.

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The fair itself is a typical small County Fair.

There was livestock.
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There were vendors hawking their wares.
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There was a rodeo arena.
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There were plenty of indoor exhibits.
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One of the more interesting things at the fair was a modern day band of gypsies…a group of people who travel from fair to fair for about 270 days a year in “hillbilly ” RV’s. They put on 4 shows daily where one of them tells a story while another one shows of blacksmithing skills making a few trinkets, which they give away in a drawing after the show. Although you don’t get to see inside their living quarters, you can take pictures of the outside of their homemade RV’s, as well as other contraptions they have crafted.
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And was there a carnival? Of course, there was. And there was a good-sized display of hit & miss engines…which is far more entertaining to me than any carnival at this stage of my life.
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And, the main reason I attended this fair was the world famous frogs. Unfortunately, the day I went, there was not much frog activity. I did manage to get a picture of the stage, and a picture with my doppelganger… I mean a frog. I did get some video of one of the practice sessions, but alas, this BLOG won’t let me upload it. Oh well!
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All in all, it was a pleasant outing and a reprieve from my normal mundane existence. If I decide to attend again, I will definitely make it a point to see at least part of the frog jumping competition.








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