Jumping into the fun at Woodland Planters Days

first_img Woodland Planters Days festivities continue Sunday in downtown Woodland and at Horseshoe Lake Park.Here’s a schedule of events:All day: Market, car show, antique farm equipment display and Cascade Pack and Paddle rides.9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: 4X4 Show & ShineNoon to 5 p.m.: Carnival1 to 2 p.m. Talent contest3 to 4 p.m.: Raffle drawing4 p.m.: Car show awardsWoodland Planters Days is packed with fun for the whole family. But Saturday afternoon was all about the frogs.Frogs large and small showcased their hops in the 46th Annual Frog Jump sponsored by the Walter E. Hansen family. The event drew more than a hundred people to Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake Park as dozens of kids and their frogs competed for contest’s top prize.The annual contest is open to kids 12 and younger. One by one, entrants take their frogs to a white launch pad in the contest arena. From there, the kids use various techniques — including clapping, patting the ground, stomping, shouting and poking — to get the frogs to jump. After the frogs take three hops, their total distance is measured.Cash awards are given for the top three jumps, as well as the biggest, smallest and prettiest frogs. This year, 76 kids participated.Sahara Jones, 12, of Vancouver claimed first place in the contest — and $5 in award money — when her “rented” frog hopped a total of 129 inches. Sahara didn’t bring her own frog to the event; instead, she borrowed one from a collection of loaner frogs.But she did scout out the competition before selecting a frog. The small frogs didn’t jump too far. The big ones didn’t move much either, she said.“The medium ones were the best,” Sahara said.So when her turn came, Sahara plucked a medium-sized frog from the bucket and hoped for the best. After a couple claps of her hands, the frog took off hopping. Sahara Jones, of Vancouver, poses for a photo with a loaner frog at the 46th Annual Frog Jump contest at Woodland Planters Days Saturday. Her frog’s first three jumps totaled 129 inches, earning first place and netting Sahara $5 in prize money.last_img

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