In 1928 Angels Camp paved the main street. To celebrate the occasion the citizens held a frog jump competition. This frog jump competition was modeled after the frog jump in the famous short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", written by Mark Twain. Twain spent a great deal of time in Angels Camp and first heard the jumping frog story at the Angels Hotel that still stands today. The event became known as the Jumping Frog Jubilee.

fhof003Every year since 1928, with the exception of 1933 during the great depression, the Jumping Frog Jubilee has been held in Angels Camp. In 1938 the County Fair and the Jumping Frog Jubilee were combined.

Frog Hop of FameToday this internationally renowned event draws competitors from around the world as hundreds of jockeys and their frogs compete. The winner receives a trophy, $750 and a plaque honoring the jockey and his or her frog embedded into the sidewalks of downtown Angels Camp. World record holders recieve special recognition on a plaque as a world record holder, in addition to a trophy and $5000. The current world record is held by Rosie the Ribiter who jumped 21' 5 3/4" in 1986.

 

Frog Hop of FameThere are currently 87 plaques including one commemorating Mark Twain's Dan'l Webster and his jockey Jim Smiley located in front of the Angels Hotel. Residents and visitors are encouraged to view the "Frog Hop of Fame" commemorating our historic and unique jumping frog jubilee.

 

Names in red are World Record Holders.

Year   Frog's Name Jockey Residence Jumped
1865   Dan'l Webster Jim Smiley Angels Camp, CA 0'0"
1928   Pride of San Joaquin Louis R. Fisher Stockton, CA 3' 9"
1929   Hooligan O. Elliott . 4'
1930   Pride of San Joaquin Louis R. Fisher Stockton, CA 12' 10"
1931   Budweiser Louis R. Fisher Stockton, CA 11' 15"
1932   Blackbird Junior Romie Rolleri Angels Camp, CA 11' 8"
1933   No Frog Jump Drepression . .
1934   General Grant Lauren Crespi Angels Camp, CA 12' 5"
1935   Zip Eddie Robinson Stockton, CA 12' 3 1/2"
1936   Can't Take It Roy Weimer Angels Camp, CA 12' 3"
1937   Emmett Dalton W.G. Daniels . 13' 5"
1938   Zip Eddie Robinson Stockton, CA 15' 10"
1939   Mr. Cruzo John Sigurdson Santa Cruz, CA 14' 9"
1940   Slippery Louis R. Fisher Stockton, CA 14' 11"
1941   Worthless June Robinson Stockton, CA 13' 10"
1942   Sugar Beverly Fisher Stockton, CA 13' 3"
1943   Thunderbolt Roy Weimer Angels Camp, CA 12' 3"
1944   Maggie Merlin Fisher Stockton, CA 16' 2"
1945   Can't Take It Roy Weimer Angels Camp, CA 12' 4"
1946   Slowpoke Eddie Robinson Stockton, CA 12' 9 1/2"
1947   TWA Merlin Fisher Stockton, CA 14' 4"
1948   Heliotrope Bill Follette Berkley, CA 11' 5"
1949   One Fifteen Bret Harte Frog Corp Angels Camp, CA 13' 6"
1950   X-100 Malcom Lennox Angels Camp, CA 14' 9"
1951   Perfect Circle Louis R. Fisher Stockton, CA 15' 6"
1952   Big Six Ed Gunter Gustine, CA 14' 6"
1953   Can't Take It Roy Weimer Angels Camp, CA 16' 10"
1954   Lucky Roy Weimer Angels Camp, CA 15' 5"
1955   Tule Pete Mike Voitich Stockton, CA 15' 5"
1956   Buck, Junior Bill Basacker Oakland, CA 15' 9"
1957   Beans Carolyn Voitich Stockton, CA 12' 7"
1958   Tule Jim Chuck Basacker Oakland, CA 15' 5 1/2"
1959   Two Snap Mike Voitich Stockton, CA 16' 1 1/2"
1960   Tule Pete Brian Basacker Sonora, CA 13' 2 1/4"
1961   Lots a Bull Leonard Hall San Jose College 15' 1 1/2"
1962   Native Matt Soares Wilmington, CA 11' 9 1/2"
1963   Repo Carolyn Hall Walnut Creek, CA 13' 4 1/2"
1964   Rusty Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 17' 1 1/2"
1965   Hops Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 14' 8"
1966   Ripple Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 19' 3 1/8"
1967   Sidewinder IV Mike Voitich Stockton, CA 17' 11"
1968   Corrosion Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 18' 1/2"
1969   Rinso Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 19' 1 3/4"
1970   Splash Down Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 19' 1 3/4"
1971   Susie Q Bill Moniz Gustine, CA 17' 9 3/4"
1972   Turlylocs Denny Matasci Santa Clara, CA 17' 11 3/4"
1973   Wet Bet Bill Proctor & Leonard Ha Lafayette, CA 17' 4 3/4"
1974   "E" Dynamic Denny Kay Guzules Santa Clara, CA 18' 4 3/4"
1975   Ex Lax Bill Moniz Gustine, CA 16' 6 3/4"
1976   "E" Davey Croakett Denny Matasci Santa Clara, CA 20' 3"
1977   Green Eyes Doug Offenheiser San Diego, CA 19' 8 3/16"
1978   Last Chance Bruce Hamilton Sacramento, CA 18' 11"
1979   Willie Frank Fasano San Jose, CA 20' 1 1/4"
1980   Oh No Brent Bloom Salinas, CA 19' 9 1/2"
1981   Golden Girl Henrietta Guidici Los Altos, CA 18' 6"
1982   Let's Go Debbi Hand Sweet Home, OR 19' 3/8"
1983   Johnny Jumper Bruce Hamilton Sacramento, CA 20' 3 3/8"
1984   Weird Harrold Janet Seiber Sweet Home, OR 21' 1 1/2"
1985   Mello-Harper Lee Giudici Santa Clara, CA 20' 8 1/2"
1986   Rosie the Ribiter Lee Giudici Santa Clara, CA 21' 5 3/4"
1987   Sugar Town Daddy John Hand Sweet Home, OR 19' 7 1/4"
1988   John Hancock Special #3 Gene Fasano San Jose, CA 18' 10 1/2"
1989   Heavy Metal Tom Beatty Bend, OR 19' 9 3/4"
1990   Help Mr. Wizzard Gregg Jascheck Concord, CA 19' 3"
1991   Fun & Froglic Denny Matasci Santa Clara, CA 18' 9 1/2"
1992   Get Up Bob Yost Sacramento, CA 19' 11"
1993   You Can Croak Tom Rumzie Santa Clara, CA 19' 6"
1994   Free Willy Cody Shilts Roseville, CA 19' 5"
1995   San Francisco Warty Niners Denny Matasci Cloverdale, CA 18' 3 1/2"
1996   Three Legs are Better Than None Brain Cummings Aptos, CA 20' 11"
1997   Budweiser Butch Alves Los Banos, CA 20' 4"
1998   Pretty Lady Bob Fasano San Jose, CA 19' 4"
1999   Miss Kitty Maureen Metcalf . 19' 10"
2000   O Please Mary Hand Sweet Home, OR 20' 9 1/4"
2001   Greenback Packers Lee Giudici Santa Clara, CA 19' 9"
2002   Oregonon Vickie Shiltz Palent, OR 19' 7 1/4"
2003   Burning Brightly Budd Carle San Jose, CA 19' 2 3/4"
2004   Red Bull Bob Fasano San Jose, CA 20' 2 1/2"
2005   Roy W. Joe Kitchell - Angels Camp Frog Jockeys Angels Camp, CA 19' 4"

2006

  Claussen's Cruzor Mike Nash - Angels Camp Frog Jockeys Angels Camp, CA 19' 7 3/4"
2007   Lisa Can Do Brent Bloom Sacramento, CA 21' 4 1/4"
2008   Skeeter Eater Jacob Smith Fresno, CA 19' 3 1/2"
2009   For the Sign Sean Hooley Sacramento, CA 21'
2010   4 Peat Michael Wright Sacramento, CA 19' 1"
2011   It's Cheaper to Leap Her Kevin Daly Carmichael, CA 20' 4"
2012   Hill Billy Hopper Laura Kitchell - Angels Camp Frog Jockeys Angels Camp, CA 19' 5 1/2"
2013   Shhh! Don't Tell Morgan Riley Kitchell - Foothill Froggers Mountain Ranch, CA 20' 10"

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Contact Information

City of Angels
PO Box 667
584 S.Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone: (209) 736-2181
Fax: (209) 736-0709
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