The Famous Frog-Jumping Contest

By: Trendopoly - Published: May 21, 2007   Updated: Aug 15 2011 • References: & cnewsnoe
Every year, Calaveras County holds a Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. This bizarre event attracts huge throngs of people eager to break the World Record set in 1986 for the cash prize of $5000. For you animal lovers out there that might be raising and eyebrow out of consideration for the frogs - apparently, a Frog Welfare Policy was put into place in 1995 to ensure human treatment of the little (and not so little) green hoppers.

Implications - But that hasn't caused this odd annual tradition from continuing with force. The Calaveras Country Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee has grown to contain a staggering 35,000 attendees. It's a boon to the local economy, generating roughly $25.5 million due to increased restaurant use, hotel stays, and retail purchases.

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