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Excitement is building in the Mother Lode for the upcoming Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee and other large events this May. 

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

Rope, Ride & Ribbit is three events within a week. First, the Mother Lode Roundup Parade and Rodeo on the Mother’s Day weekend (May 12 & 13th), followed by the Amgen Race on Wednesday May 16 and concluding with the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping From Jubilee from Thursday May 17th – 20th.

Both the Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee takes place each year at “Frogtown”, just south of Angels Camp.

The Fair has grown to an event 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 50 frogs qualify for the International Frog Jump Grand Finals, which is held on the final Sunday of the Jubilee at 4:00 pm. The current world’s record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter. Rosie jumped 21′ 53/4″. The cash prize for breaking the world record is $5000.

The Jumping Frog Jubilee is held the 3rd weekend of every May. The Jubilee starts with a Thursday kiddie parade in downtown Angels Camp at 10am and ends with a Destruction Derby on Sunday evening. The Calaveras County Fair has a unique history and a bright future.

More information can be found at

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

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