LIVERPOOL TWP. — Valley City will retain its Frog Jump Capital of Ohio title for the 57th year in a row. The annual Frog Jump Festival is just a hop away.
The festival is held in conjunction with the Valley City Street Fair, which begins tonight and includes a weekend full of competitions, shopping, raffles and food.
Before the Frog Jump Festival officially starts Sunday at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St., early risers can enjoy Frog Jump Breakfast Sandwiches beginning at 8 that morning in the Minit Mart Tent. The food court will open at 11 a.m.
Mayor Ribbit will lead opening ceremonies at 10:50 a.m. and frog “flights” will begin at about 11.
“There’s always an excitement in the air,” said Linda Garrett, secretary of the Valley City Community Group, a nonprofit that is hosting the fair and festival. “There’s always new children jumping their first frog, so the anticipation is adorable, especially with the kids who don’t want to touch them but still want to jump a frog.”
Participants can bring their own frog or rent one for $5. It costs $4 to register to compete.
The festival’s Hoppin’ Retail Shoppe will open at 10 a.m. to sell souvenirs, such as T-shirts.
At the street fair, wing-eating contests will begin at noon with contestants age 15 and younger competing followed at 1 p.m. by those age 16 and older in the Quaker Steak and Lube Tent. Wings will be donated by Quaker Steak.
The winner of a 50/50 raffle for a four-pack of Fast Lane Plus tickets to Cedar Point will be drawn at 4:30 p.m. in the Mini Mart Tent.
The festival will come to a close after trophies are presented to frog jump winners 5:30-6 p.m. Sunday.
Garrett said money raised from the frog jump will go toward community projects, specifically some park improvements and updates to baseball and softball fields.
“It’s always a joyous occasion no matter the weather,” Garrett said. “We do it rain or shine because obviously the frogs don’t mind wet weather.”