Jumping Frog Jubilee & Calaveras County Fair

Jumping Frog Jubilee & County Fair

May 16-19, 2019

101 Frogtown Road
Angels Camp, California
frogtown.org

8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday & Sunday
8 a.m.-Midnight Friday & Saturday
$11-15 approx. Weekend pass around $37

 

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2019 Fair Entertainment

THURSDAY Miss Calaveras Competition
FRIDAY  Shooter Jennings in Concert
 SATURDAY CCPRA Rodeo
 SUNDAY  International Frog Jump Finals, Destruction Derby and Junior Livestock Auction

DAILY: Something Ridiculous, Hillbilly Silly Science, livestock, exhibits, fables of the west, amazing food, shopping, carnival and our famous frogs

Junior Horse Show
​Saddle Queen Scholarship Competition
​Buckaroo Events for Kids
​Pony Express Race
​Stampede Events
​CCPRA Rodeo

Fun Jump Schedule

Located at Rosie the Ribiter's Fun Jump Tent
Near Frog Pond
May 16
12-4 p.m. Kids 12 and under jump free

May 17
Entry Booth Open: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mother Lode Area Jump
12-4 p.m. Fun Jumps
12 p.m. Jump Start Challenge
1-2 p.m. Open Jump
2-3 p.m. Teams Challenge

May 18
Entry Booth Open: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
12-4 p.m. Fun Jumps
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Jump Start Challenge
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kids & Junior Qualifying Jump
12-3 p.m.  Teams Challenge and Open Jumping

May 19
Entry Booth Open: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
9 a.m. New teams Frog Jump Bull Pen in the Frog Spa
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fun Jump
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Teams Challenge and Open Jumping
2 p.m. Michelle Lambert on Stage
3 p.m. Jump Challenges followed by International Frog Jum Finals 

Visit Frog Spa located under the Main Stage to see how the Jumping Frog Jubilee pampers its amphibian 

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 old-fashioned fun.

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 summer.

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 County Fair:

Thursday's activities often include a 10 a.m. Kiddie's Parade Downtown Angels Camp, Junior Horse Show, opening of the Frog Jump Entry Booth, and Saddle Queen Competition.

Friday's Extreme Excitement in 2019 Shooter Jennings performs on Stage at 8 p.m. Pony Express is at 4 p.m. in the Arena. Carnival rides and food booths with good stuff like funnel cakes and soft drinks.

Saturday in 2019 is Frog Stampede (Arm National Anthem, 3 Man Cattle Penning, 2-Person Cattle Penning,  Cattle Sorting, Cattle Stealing, Ranch Roping, Calf Branding,) Wrestling and 6:30p.m.  Grand Entry Celebrating the American Hero with a Salute to First Responders, followed by the CCPRA Rodeo by Rockin M Productions.

 On Sunday, International Frog Jump Day, 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 event.

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.

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