California’s Golden Fairs: Calaveras County Fair
Airs Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Credit: Courtesy of Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Huell Howser travels to the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. There is a reason this area is referred to as "Frogtown." In 1865, Samuel l. Clemens (Mark Twain) penned "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," a tall tale of the life and happenings of the gold rush town. When the town was looking for a theme for the fair in 1928, they remembered the story and the first Jumping Frog Jubilee was held on main street, downtown Angels Camp. The event has grown into an internationally known and loved event and is the highlight of the fair. Huell gets a behind the scenes tour and meets many of the frog "wranglers."
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