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For the past two decades on a Saturday in early spring, all of Redding has rallied on behalf of their Mark Twain Library for a uniquely colorful event: The Frog Frolic — A Children's Country Fair. This year, the 24th Annual Frog Frolic will be held on Saturday, April 27th, rain or shine.
Named as a nod to our illustrious founder, Mark Twain, and his short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, the Frog Frolic has become Redding's highly anticipated kick-off to spring. Last year, 1,100 people of all ages attended — coming from right down the road and from miles away —to delight in the games, crafts, entertainment and food.
With over 200 volunteers, the Frog Frolic offers something for everyone including a Bubble Garden for toddlers, Touch-a-Truck, bouncy houses, home-grown entertainment, games, crafts, food and a silent auction. The organizer, Stephanie Oulton says “The Frolic is a chance for people to come together and welcome Spring. It's one of those days that everyone counts on. You see friends and neighbors. Maybe you volunteer. You support an institution!”
As in past years, the crafts will be endless fun for children and families. All ages will enjoy Game Alley with over a dozen different games including Frolic Freeway, Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fortune, Lily Pop Frog and The Rabbits Hole.
“Aunt Polly’s Bubble Garden is a great respite when a little one needs a break,” notes Amy Taylor, Bubble Garden coordinator. Not only can your young child experience being encased in a giant bubble or surrounded by tiny bubbles, but they can color and play with toys meant especially for toddlers. Bigger Frolic-ers will bounce the day away on giant inflatables. Nearby, a large selection of gently used children’s books will be on sale at below-bargain prices at the Book Sale Tent, hosted by Kathryn Zimmerman and Kristy Veith.
This year marks the 11th Annual Cake Walk, where bakers of all stripes compete to have their decorated cakes awarded first prize. This year’s theme is “Going Green” and cakes are accepted for both an adult and a junior division.
The entertainment schedule is packed with amazing community performers! The day kicks off with the Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer Squad followed by the music of Scott Smith. The RES 3rd and 4th grade chorus will delight us with a specially selected group of songs and then RES Orff Out will take the stage. Afternoon entertainment begins with a martial arts demonstration led by Sensei June Fagan and her students of Kempo Karate and Self Defense. Enjoy the talent of Joel Barlow High School students a capella groups X Minute Break and Nothing But Treble. The day will end with a set by Leif Smith, the Frolic emcee and Mad Hatter.
The silent auction offers items for bidding beginning at 10:00 am and closing at 4:00 pm. This year, donations range from a kayak and a Yeti cooler to a bicycle and a band! You’ll find theater and museum tickets, fitness classes, home decor, backyard enhancements, high fashion accessories, and even a trip to Napa!
Food is available all day at the Grille Tent. This year’s menu features Black Cat Grille hot dogs, bagels from Uncle Leo's and chili from the Redding Roadhouse.
Along with the annual Book Fair, Art Show, and Pudd’nhead Prize Festival, the Frog Frolic is a critical revenue source for the library’s operating budget.
This event is free of charge.
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