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July 6, 2014

Frog jumping featured in Rivesville: PHOTOS

As part of July 4 weekend celebration

RIVESVILLE — The Rivesville Fourth of July weekend event included the second annual frog-jumping contest.

The event also featured bands, food, vendors and free games for kids in addition to the frog jumping.

According to Rivesville mayor Jim Hershman, the Rivesville Fourth of July celebration is held a day later on purpose.

“We always have it on the off day from Fairmont to give the people of Rivesville the opportunity to go to Fairmont and give the people from Fairmont the opportunity to come to Rivesville,” Hershman said.

Last year, 31 children signed up for the frog-jumping contest, said John Uveges. Uveges has been in charge of the event since it began last year.

According to Uveges, 50 children, all under the age of 12, signed up to race frogs on a three-lane track this year.

“All they do is take the frog out of the pitcher and then tap (the frog) and get him to the finish line,” Uveges said.

The frogs were caught locally and were placed in water before and after the races. The frogs were also cooled down by water that would spray on them and the children during the contest.

Children would line up in the three lanes and release their frogs from pitchers when they were signaled to do so. Some frogs would jump the distance of the track in two leaps and win the race. Some frogs jumped in the wrong direction.

Landon Tichenor was the grand-prize winner and won his age group and the overall contest.

Jazen Boyce, 8, won her age group in the frog-jumping contest. She did not think she was going to win.

“I’m used to scaring frogs, I had a pond full of them,” she said.

Boyce is visiting her family for the summer.

The frogs were released back to where they were caught before the race.

According to Uveges, some of the prizes given away included trophies, ice cream, $2 bills, coloring books and shirts. Workers who staffed the frog-jumping contest were wearing frog-jumping contest shirts.

Jenna Won’t Sing and the Marshall Lowry Band provided musical entertainment for the celebration. The celebration concluded with fireworks.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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