Mark Twain's 1865 short story, The Notorious Jumping Frog of
Calaveras County provided the setting. In 1928 the Calaveras
County Fair at Angels Camp, California (about 100 miles east of San
Francisco) brought the contest to life. The all time record jump
is 21',5.75". There is a $5,000.00 prize for anyone
having a frog that will jump a greater distance than the present record.
Each year the first place winner receives $750.00.
Springfield has been the site of the Governor' Annual Frog Jump
Contest since April 5, 1969. In 1967 South Carolina's first
Governor's Frog Jump contest was held. A Springfield frog won the
1968 contest. At the time, Mayor O.K. Furtick requested that
Springfield be awarded the honor of hosting the 1969 event, and South
Carolina General Assembly approved Mayor Furtick's request.
The contest has been held in Springfield each year since then.
Therefore, 2005 marked the 39th anniversary of the Governor's Frog Jump,
with Springfield hosting it for the past 37 years. Not bad
statistics, especially when one considers that Springfield has hosted
the South Carolina event almost half of the 76 years the National
contest has existed.
Prior to 1969 there were very few festivals in South Carolina
sponsored by small towns. Now, one must choose an event among
several offered on any given weekend between March and November.
Springtime seems to be the favorite time of the year in South Carolina
for festivals. Of course, at that time of the year plant and
animal life springs forth by leaps and bounds (pun intended) and
everyone is more than ready to shed the imagined, or real, stress of our moderately cold winter months.
In addition to the main event of jumping the frogs, the event also
offers the popular Egg Hunt for children nine and under. For the
child in everyone, the International Egg Striking Contest creates
a lot of interest. The boiled egg that remains unbroken by the
tapping from other eggs entered in the contest is declared the winner.
Other events offered during the annual Frog Jump weekend might include
Arts & Crafts, Sling Shot Contest, Cow Drop, Horseshoe contest, and
always, a lengthy and interesting Parade before noon on Saturday.
The evening usually winds down with one or two local bands and a small
street dance. Be sure to check the schedule for each year's event.
Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the events.
Visitors will also find more than an adequate supply of foods, from
funnel cakes, hotdogs, hamburgers and Bar-B-Que to fried mushrooms.
And there is always a small carnival offering a selection of rides.
Or, just walk around and chat with visitors.
The occasion brings many relatives and friends home for
the Easter weekend to
visit with local residents. But, visitors will find a relaxed,
safe and welcome atmosphere. You have to be somewhere on Frog
Jump Weekend--MAKE IT SPRINGFIELD!
The Jumping of
the Frogs, Egg Striking Contest, and the Egg Hunt
are all held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday each
year. For official information or questions please contact
TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD, PO BOX 31, SPRINGFIELD, SC 29146-0031.
Physical address: 811 Springfield Rd. Phone: 803 258 3152