Frogs, toad take flying leaps to win contest


RANGELEY — Rangeley’s Blueberry Festival on Aug. 20 was once again host to the annual Frog and Toad Jumping Contest. There was a crowd of kids, parents and onlookers awaiting frogs and one tiny toad.

Helping with the contest as jump measurer and judge was Dick Hall, frog retriever was Andy Hall, and record keeper and photographer was Kath Hall. Liz Pimentel officiated.

The jumpers were judged on the best of three jumps. Winners were as follows: In the large category (4 inches and over), third place went to Nathan Quimby’s frog Jose with a 27 ¾ -inch jump; second, Nathan and Luke Quimby’s frog Lightning at 31 ¾ inches; first, as well as first place overall, was a tie, going to Tucker Macfawn’s big frog Fat Joe, and to Cameron Frost’s nearly as big frog Biggie, both jumping at 42 ¼ inches.

In the medium category (2 to 4 inches): third place went to Kenny Thompson’s frog Douglas and to Trevor Dolbier’s frog Speed, both of whom jumped 20 ¾ inches; second, Levi Pitt’s frog Jefferson, at 22 ¼ inches; first, Luke Gagne’s frog Little Buddy, jumping 24 inches. A.J. Demichele and Karen Porl’s frog Speckles won a prize for having been caught by the fastest catcher.

In the small category (under 2 inches) Emilee and Sierra Bursch’s frog Bob the Frog won first place at 15 inches; and Elli and Addie Zietz’s little 5/8-inch toad named Froggy came in second place with a 2 ¼ -inch jump, also winning for the smallest jump of the contest.

Prizes were awarded to the winners.

At the contest’s end all amphibians were returned to their home habitats.