At the Celebrated Calaveras Frog Jump & County Fair In the fall of 1865, the young ‘Mark Twain’ spent time on Jackass Hill near Angels Camp. On one of his regular visits to the bar at the Angels Hotel, he overheard the tale that he later penned.
The short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” became his first published work and made Mr. Twain a household name.In 1928, the Angels Camp Boosters Club (which is still very active in promoting fun events in Calaveras County) organized a celebration in honor of the first paving of Main Street in Angels Camp and chose to use Mark Twain’s famous story as the focus for their event.
The first Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee drew over 15,000 people to Angels Camp. Visitors came from all over the countryside on foot, in wagons, and on horseback.Today, thousands of frog jump contestants from all over the world give the Celebrated Calaveras Frog Jump unique international acclaim. Plan to attend the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee held annually the third week in May at “Frogtown”.Breathtaking rodeos, live concerts, exhilarating midway rides, country crafts, professional and amateur art and exhibits, lots of food, a beautiful setting, and much more make this a fun weekend for the entire family.
For more information, take a look at the official frog jump site at www.frogtown.org