Every frog has its day: Children leap to county fair for frog jumping frenzy



Rocket leaped ahead of the competition early, and in the end, no other frog could catch him.

Setting what emcee Jay Hubbard described as a world record, the frog jumped 181 inches during the age group portion of the Frog Frenzy on Sunday in Show Arena 1 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

Then in the jumpoff at the end going against the other age group winners, Rocket jumped 156 inches.

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His owner, Gabe Custer, 4, of Seymour was presented with the first-place trophy.

"Truly the frog of the night without a doubt," Hubbard said of Rocket.

Coming in second was Evan Baker, 9, of Brownstown, whose frog jumped 136 inches, and placing third was Skylen Schulz, 10, of Brownstown with his frog’s jump of 57 inches.

Hubbard, who works for The Buzz 1390 and 99.3 WZZB, said this was the 15th year of the Frog Frenzy at the fair. The radio station sponsors the event.

Four frogs competed at a time after being placed by boys and girls on mats on the ground in the show arena. Judges then marked each frog’s three jumps and measured the farthest one.

Once the top three distances were determined, a jumpoff determined who would receive the trophies.

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Jackson County Fair schedule


9 a.m.: 4-H beef fitting contest, Show Arena 2

10 a.m. to noon: Floral exhibits due (Section 3 only, members only), Farm Bureau building

10 a.m.: 4-H Fashion Revue and crowning of 4-H royalty, grandstand

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Older Americans, pavilion

11 a.m.: 4-H market lambs weighed

2 p.m.: All 4-H dairy cattle entries must be on fairgrounds

3 p.m.: 4-H swine market barrow show, Show Arena 1

4 to 8 p.m.: Modern farm equipment by Jacobi, Farm Bureau building

4 to 10 p.m.: Industry Showcase, Building 4

5:30 to 6 p.m.: Entry 4-H halter and showmanship classes only, Show Arena 2

6 to 8 p.m.: 4-H horse and pony halter and showmanship classes, Show Arena 2

6 p.m.: Star Promenaders square dancers, antique building stage

6 p.m.: STEPS Dance Center, pavilion

6 p.m. to close: Poor Jack Amusements Coupon Night (unlimited rides with $20 bracelet, $17 with Poor Jack coupon)

6:30 p.m.: Tomahawk and knife throwing finals, behind antique building

7:30 p.m.: Columbus City Band, pavilion

7 p.m.: Nightly antique machinery demonstration, behind antique building

7 p.m.: Bridge building demonstration, antique building annex

8 p.m.: Demolition derby (kids Power Wheels, full cars, mini cars and minivans; admission $10 for adults, $15 for pit pass, $2 for ages 6 to 12 and free for under 6), grandstand


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