About National Frog Jumping Day
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a short story by Mark Twain, first published in 1865.
The story is narrated by a stranger who visits a small mining town in California and encounters Simon Wheeler, a resident of the town. Wheeler tells the narrator a story about a man named Jim Smiley and his pet frog, Dan'l Webster. Smiley was known for being a compulsive gambler, and he once bet that Dan'l Webster could jump farther than any other frog in Calaveras County.
The narrator's interest in the story leads to an encounter with a character named Leonidas W. Smiley, who claims to be Jim Smiley's brother, and the story takes an unexpected twist. The story is a humorous tale that uses irony and satire to critique the culture of gambling and boastful behavior in the American West during the mid-19th century.
Inspired by this story, Calaveras County in Northern California started hosting a Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee during the third week of May.