The sweltering heat did not stop the frogs from hopping during the 47th annual Frog Jump at Morrisonville's Homecoming and Picnic on Friday, July 19.
Competitors traveled from throughout Montgomery County and farther to participate in the Morrisonville tradition. The Frog Jump started at 2 p.m. but continued throughout the afternoon and well into the evening. Participants may choose from a selection of provided frogs or bring their own jumpers. Each frog is given 45 seconds to make 3 jumps. The amphibian with the longest cumulative distance wins its owner a portion of the competition's entry fees. The results from this year's jump are listed below.
Seventh place was awarded to Amari Vickery of Litchfield with a jump of 15'7". There was a four way tie for sixth place. Hamilton Smith of Ashley, John Loesche of Freeburg, Rodney Taylor of Morrisonville and Tyler Brinkam of Freeburg came in sixth with jumps of 15'8". Freeburg resident Stew Loeshce took fifth place with a jump of 15'9".
In fourth place, was Morrisonville's Ronnie Durbin with a jump of 15'10". Ryan Jostes of Palmer was in third place with a jump of 16'. Second place went to Freeburg resident Sam Tiberend with a jump of 17'. This year's first place winner was Addison Cottingham of Taylorville with a jump of 17'2".