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Controversy hits frog-jumping contest

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. A rift between organizers of Calaveras Countys famous frog jumping contest did not keep away thousands of frog wranglers Sunday inspired by Mark Twains tall tale.About 4,000 contestants entered the Calaveras County Fairs annual Jumping Frog Jubilee this year, twice as many as last year, according to the events organizers.The jumping frogs drew extra attention this year after a quarrel with the fairs organizers led the club that has traditionally overseen the competition to start its own jump.Both sides are doing everything they can to make sure that this years frog jumps are done well and have a lot of pizazz to them, said Anne Forrest, president of the Angels Camp Business Association.Low attendance at last years event was blamed in part on rainy weather, a far cry from Sundays sunny skies.The annual event is inspired by The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Mark Twains tale of a frog-jumping contest that is weighted in one gamblers favor when he secretly fills his opponents frog with buckshot.Winning owners get a $750 prize or $5,000 if their frog breaks the 1986 record of 21 feet, 5 3/4 inches set by Rosie the Ribeter.

Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee: http://www.frogtown.org/jubileehome.shtml


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