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Leaping frogs are everywhere at Valley City's annual festival

Man and leaping frog
Man and leaping frog
courtesy Chris Weeks/Associated Press

Clevelanders looking for an unique family-fun event for the weekend should look no further than the 53rd annual Valley City Frog Jump Festival on Sunday, August 10 where more than 600 frogs are expected to jump and vie for the title "Grand Champion." Valley City is located 30 miles southwest of Cleveland and it is approximately a 40 minute drive.

Valley City Frog Jump Festival Known as the "Frog Jump Capital of Ohio." Valley City will be holding the Festival at Mill Stream Park situated on the Rocky River. The Festival tests the frogs' leg strength and celebrates their leaping abilities. More than 3000 people are expected to attend.

If you have a frog that you would like to enter in the competition, you must register. Registration can be done in advance and there will be a registration starting at 10 a.m. at the Festival. You do not need to own your own frog to enjoy the jumping extravaganza.

The jumping competition starts at 11 a.m. and is expected to finish around 5:30 p.m. Each frog is assigned a Flight time and then is jumped one at a time, getting 3 jumps.

Special Note: If you really want hands-on participation and you do not own a frog, frogs can be rented for $8 (Registration is $3 and use of the rented frog is $5).

Another activity at the Frog Jump Festival will be The Great Rocky River Frog Race where you can try to pick which artificial, floatable frog will cross the finish line first, given current and wind conditions. All ages can participate.

Also offered at the Festival will be face painting, children's games and musical entertainment.

There will be plenty of food and beverages available for purchase including chicken dinners, corn-on-the-cob, pizza, fresh fruit, ice cream, softs drinks and beer.

Trophies will be awarded at the end of the Frog Jumping competition. Winners of each Flight will receive a trophy as will winners of the Longest and Shortest Jumps of the day. And, of course, the Grand Champion will be named. The record leap to beat is 19 feet, 1 inch recorded by a frog in 1988.

Hours for the Valley City Frog Jump Festival on Sunday, August 10 are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the Valley City Frog Jump Festival call 330-483-1111 or get online at www.valleycity.org/frogs.

Mill Stream Park is located at 1200 Maple Street in Valley City, Ohio. It is approximately a 40 minute drive from Cleveland.