Things are really hopping at the Elizabethtown Fair this year. The Elizabethtown Fair offers something for everyone from Monday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Aug. 24.
The fair’s frog jumping contest takes it cue from Mark Twain and his story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog From Calaveras County.” The Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee is held in each May in Angels Camp, California. Rosie the Ribeter has held their record of 21 feet, 5¾ inches since May 1986.
To determine the winning frog, the combined total distance will be measured from the end of the third jump. In addition to the winning frog, there may also be prizes for the best dressed Frog Handler. The open Frog Jumping contest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Stage.
Prize money of $10 for first place, $5 for second place and $3 for third place will be awarded. The young and young at heart are all invited to participate.
Frog handlers must bring their own frogs. Anyone who wants more information may call Dave at 717-367-5720.
Also at the fair this year is a rabbit hopping demonstration. Rabbit hopping is becoming a popular competition here in the United States. Rabbits are fitted with special harnesses and leashes, and once they become comfortable wearing them, they are trained on courses with jumps specifically designed for them.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. there will be a rabbit hopping demonstration in the Elizabethtown Fair Petting Zoo Tent. Fairgoers can experience the new sport of hopping with different types of courses and try to guess which rabbit will jump the highest and fastest in the demonstrations.