SPRINGFIELD — Decorative frogs are everywhere you look right now in the town of Springfield — on signs, in art installations and sculptures and adorning store windows.
At Springfield Town Hall and at the Springfield Museum, displays are decorated with frogs and Frog Jump memorabilia from throughout the decades.
There’s no doubt something exciting is afoot, and that something is the 50th Annual Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike.
A Cow Drop, bingo games and a dance are on tap this week, leading off a full slate of fun activities at the 50th Annual Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike festival on Saturday, March 26.
The Cow Drop will get underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Frog Jump Arena, and bingo games will commence at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the old gym. A dance featuring DJ Bob Bennett will follow from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The fun will resume bright and early Saturday, March 26, as the Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike festival cranks up in earnest. Activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Children’s carnival rides and a Country Store will be open all day, and T-shirts, arts and crafts and food will be on sale throughout.
The Frog Jump Parade will leap into motion at 11 a.m., and at noon, the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Springfield Methodist Church. Also in the lineup will be a Cornhole Tournament.
DJ Wren will perform at the Platform from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Registration for the Egg Strike competition will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Frog Jump Arena. Egg Strike competition is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., registration opens for the Frog Jump competition. The festival’s signature event, which typically draws more than 100 contestants, will commence at 2:30 p.m. in Frog Jump Arena. People from as far away as New York and from throughout South Carolina have participated in past Frog Jumps.
Providing entertainment on Saturday will be the Reverse Effect band from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Platform, followed at 6 p.m. in Frog Jump Arena by the sounds of Steele Justice.
The town will enforce a curfew for all ages beginning at 10 p.m.