Jumping Frog Jubilee & County Fair
May 16-19, 2013
Address: 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp, California frogtown.org
Angels Camp, Calif.-It's a Jumping
Frog Contest and a Fair. Mostly it is a
county fair for the County of Calaveras,
but Jumping Frogs steal the show in
Frogtown where the county fair is held
on the outskirts on Angels Camp. The
city of Angels Camp is known for Mark
Twain and the Jumping Frog Contest. You
can find a statue of Mark Twain, and
gold plaques are spread on the downtown
sidewalks to honor jumping frog winners
of yearly contests held annually at the
fair since 1928.
Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog
Jubilee attract thousands upon thousands
of people who come for simply
Each year on the first day of the fair Heritage Day
celebrates the grand opening. A carnival
with the midway, competitions, and
Miss Calaveras Scholarship Pageant
launch four days of fun. Forget anything
else if you live in town, because this
is where everyone will be during May
just before school lets out for the
If you decide to go, the hotel
accommodations are somewhat slim during
this biggest event of the year. You can
try booking rooms in Angels Camp,
Sonora, Murphys and other Gold Country
destinations, but plan on driving to the
event since lots of people visit and the
limited hotel accommodations simply
can't hand the large weekend crowds.
Here's a basic line up of events in
recent years to give you a flavor of
what you might see on each day of the
activities often include a 10 a.m. Kiddie's Parade Downtown Angels Camp,
Junior Horse Show, opening of the Frog
Jump Entry Booth, Meet Tom & Becky,
Story Time at Mark Twain Hall Stage,
Kidd Fiddlers on Huck Finn's Lawn Stage
and an Extreme Ranch Rodeo.
Friday's Extreme Excitement includes
much of the same entertainment and lots
of carnival rides and food booths with
good stuff like funnel cakes and soft
drinks. Saturday, Calaveras Cattlemen's
Day, is the real rodeo and cowboy show
with Western Horse Events in the Arena
beginning at 8 a.m. Calf Branding, Ranch
Roping, 2 Man Cattle Penning, Jr. 2 Man
Cattle Penning, 3 Man Cattle, Penning
and Real Ranch Cattle Penning all get
the ball rolling on a big weekend with
lots of food, fun, and crowds. In the
morning the Qualifying Frog Jump begins
and there's a yummy Cattlemen's BBQ at
On Sunday, International Frog Jump Day,
the gates open early at 7 a.m. Another
Qualifying Frog Jump at Main Stage Area
happens around 9 a.m. Around 3 p.m., the
International Frog Jump Grand Finals
commence. It's hard to come down from
the mountain high and ecstasy that
winning a frog jump contest can bring.
So to finish off a perfect weekend,
Destruction Derby in the Arena rounds
out another year of great entertainment
that draws tourists from around the
world to see Calaveras County's unique
Angels Camp is well known for its annual event that celebrates author
Mark Twain, with a Jumping Frog Jubilee each year at the local fairgrounds.
Mark Twain look-alikes read from his fictional books, and the region swells
to thousands of visitors who hear about and clamor for old-fashioned fun,
such as entering their pet frog into the jumping competition.
Kids dress up like their favorite characters from Tom Sawyer novels and
enter contests with prizes for their attire.
Angels Camp first paved its main street back in 1928 and every year since --
except 1933 during the great depression-- the Jumping Frog Jubilee has been held in Angels Camp.
County Fair and the Jumping Frog Jubilee were combined in 1938. There's a
Frog Hop of Fame--The winner receives a trophy, cash prize and a plaque honoring the jockey and his or her frog is embedded into the sidewalks of downtown Angels Camp. World record holders receive special recognition. The world record is 21' 5 3/4".
Getting to Angeles Camp, California: 2 1/2 hours from the Bay Area on Highways 49 and 4.
Approx. 2 hours South East of Sacramento.