National Frog Jumping Day “Kicks off” Annual Competition May 13-16, 2021

Two Hoppers!
While the name itself may seem rather vague, Frog Jumping Day’s origins come from Mark Twain’s first published short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865. Twain was living in a cabin south of Angels Camp when he wrote the story. According to the Frog Town web site (, the legend is that Twain overheard and was inspired by a story in a local tavern. 

Inspired by Twain's story, in 1893 Calaveras County started hosting a County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee during the third week of May, first in Copperopolis, and ever since in Angels Camp. The four day event classic fair food and events, highlighting local award-winning wines, live music and a rodeo.The main event, of course, is the frog jumping competition. Since 1986 the frog named Rosie the Ribeter has held the jumping record at 21 feet, 5 ¾ inches.

The Calaveras Frog Jump Competition begins on Thursday, continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.  The International Frog Jump finals are held on Sunday afternoon. Hop on over to Angels Camp. Perhaps you will see a MarkerboardJungle:Frogs fan there!

National Frog Jumping Day brings literature to life, encouraging awareness of the many different kinds of frogs and their impact within our ecosystem. There are approximately 7,300 species of frogs around the world. Find out more. Visit a nearby pond or aquarium, read Mark Twain's story, go to a nature educaton web site to learn more about frogs ... 

or ...

click over to the page for our upcoming game featuring one of the smallest of frogs, the Pacific Treefrog. 
If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring the world of this little critter, sign up for the wishlist at Steam.

– Pat Adams