This Frog Fest Near Cleveland Will Have You Hippity-Hopping For Joy This Summer
Once upon a time, there was a gambling man by the name of Jim Smiley. He captured a frog, named it Dan’l Webster, and trained the little guy to jump. He would bet against visitors, claiming that Dan’l Webster could jump further than any other frog in Calaveras County. Once stranger, intrigued by Smiley’s bet, fills Dan’l Webster with lead and captures his own frog to jump, successfully defeating the infamous gambler. This quirky story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, was written by Mark Twain in 1865, and it has impacted one Northeast Ohio community in an unusual way.
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For more information about the Valley City Frog Jump, check out its Facebook page here.
This unique community near Cleveland has an unusual celebration that’s unlike any other. Will you be competing this year?
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is - she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
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