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'Hoppy' gets the win at frog-jumping contest

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People jumped at the chance to cram into the steamy Farm Bureau Building.

That's where athletes with names such as Rhino, He-Man, Big Belly Malley and Butters Jr. squared off Tuesday in one of the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair’s most popular events — the frog jumping contest.

Eighty four children between ages 1 and 12 each brought a frog to the competition, as well as a bag of tricks.

Contestants tried everything from blowing on the amphibians to smacking the ground with their palms or a towel to get a good jump.

The techniques seemed to work sometimes. A few frogs needed no prodding at all. But others just seemed bored by the whole affair.

One of the younger entrants, 3-year-old Abigail Megel, and her frog Hoppy were declared the champions with Hoppy's final jump of 70 inches.

For more on this story, see Saturday's Republic.

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