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Let The Frog Jumping Begin

The 2016 Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee runs today through Sunday at the Frogtown Fairgrounds just south of Angels Camp.

Laurie Giannini, Calaveras Fair CEO and Fair Manager, was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day.”

The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee has grown to a full county focused event, often with more than 35,000 attendees. It is estimated that the Calaveras County Fair generates approximately 25.5 million dollars in revenues through hotels, restaurants, retail, payroll and other related revenues.

Each year during the Frog Jump an average of 2,000 frogs will participate. The top fifty frogs qualify for the International Frog Jump Grand Finals, which are held on Sunday of the Jubilee at 3:00 pm. The current world’s record was set thirty years ago in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter. Rosie jumped 21′ 53/4″. The cash prize for breaking the world record is $5,000.

The Jumping Frog Jubilee is held the 3rd weekend of every May. The Jubilee starts with a kiddie parade in downtown Angels Camp today at 10 AM and ends with a Destruction Derby on Sunday evening at 5:30 pm.

Highlights this years include the Miss Calaveras Scholarship Pageant tonight at 8 pm on the Main Stage. The Saddle Queen Competition will take place this afternoon at 2 pm in the Arena.

Legendary country group, Little Texas is the musical headliner. The show is on the main stage on Friday at 8 PM. Journey Unauthorized will perform on the Lawn Stage on Saturday at 8 pm. Local favorites, Plan B, will perform Saturday at 9 PM at the Ranch House.

The Rodeo returns to the Fairgrounds again this year. Rodeo events begin with this Saturday at 7 pm with the CCPRA Rodeo at 7:30 PM. The annual Junior Livestock Auction is Sunday morning at 9 am in the Tower Pavilion and Swine Ring.

California Carnival will feature around twenty-two rides during the four days of the fair.

More information can be found at www.frogtown.org

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 AM.