The contest, which by the way is BYOF - bring your own frog, was part of the events during the first weekend of the Olde Towne Celebration in Chesterfield. Children of all ages carried frogs and toads to town in shoeboxes, cricket cages or pants pockets so they could compete in the annual game. The object is to chase your frog out of chalk-drawn circle in the street before your competitor. You can choose whatever method - stomping, clapping, blowing or yelling - to get your frog to move, as long as you don't touch it. Unfortunately, overexuberant feet left a few frogs flattened on the pavement, but kids with foresight brought extras to keep them in the game.
Winners of this year's Bullfrog Jumping Contest were Tiffany Watson, first place; Trent Smith, second place; and Madison Lewis, third place.
Sunday's Kids Fest events also included a climbing wall, a giant slide, pony rides and a bouncy jump room. Besides bringing frogs, kids could also bring their bicycles, tricycles, scooters or roller blades to cruise Main Street, Chesterfield.
The Olde Towne Festival began last Friday with a two-night rodeo set up on the grounds of the industrial park on S.C. Highway 9. Early Saturday morning, 19 cyclists met at Edwards Elementary School for a 20- to 40-mile bike ride through the Sandhills.
The festival continued Saturday with the Miss Olde Towne Celebration Pageant. Winners of the morning pageant were Precious Master Jerald Polson III, Toddler Master Ethan Gulledge, Baby Miss Carson Castor, Tiny Miss Grayson Bentley, Wee Miss BreAnna Lisenby, Mini Miss Hannah Polston and Overall Winner (ages 0-4) Hannah Driggers. Evening pageant winners included Little Miss Cassidy Davis, Young Miss Kerri Beth Gardner, Junior Miss Kayla Casey, Teen Miss Ashley Ratliff, Ideal Miss Erin Gainey, Miss Miranda Sullivan and Overall Winner (ages 5 and up) Krystin Tolson.
Topping the day off Saturday was the Taste of Chesterfield at 6 p.m. Held at the homes of Patty Campbell and Charles and Sylvia Welch on West Main Street, the Taste included delights made by area businesses. Food varied from gigantic shrimp to barbecue pork to catfish stew. People dined at tables in the street, while others danced to the tunes of the Jim Conn Band.
The festival picks up again Friday, Oct. 3 with a Celebration Dinner prepared by the Ruby Easter Star Chapter at the Chesterfield Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 and available at Carolina Bank, First Citizens Bank and Chesterfield Hardware & Radio Shack.
Saturday, Oct. 4 will begin with a harvest breakfast at 6 a.m. at the Chesterfield Rescue Squad building. A two-mile fun run and walk will begin at 8 a.m. from the community center, followed by a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. and a pet parade at 1 p.m.
Several racing events, sponsored by Pepsi Cola, will claim Zoar Road at 3 p.m., and a street dance at the Olde Towne Center will go from 8 p.m. until midnight. The cost for the dance is $5.
The racing events will include a lawn mower race with three classes, a golf-cart, one class only, race and a go-cart, two classes, race. No pre-registration is required. For information, call 623-2424 or 623-7686.
Activities will wrap up Oct. 5 with a Celebration Road Rally beginning at Chesterfield High School at 2 p.m. Cost to enter the road rally is $10 per car.
For information call the chamber, 623-2343.