Arts & Entertainment

Muddy Frogwater Festival plans to get you hoppin'

The Muddy Frogwater Festival has been around for more than 30 years.

The Milton-Freewater event, Aug. 19-21, is packed with all sorts of festivities and entertainment. However, the frog competitions, which is how the festival got its name, are a thing of the past.

"The frog jumping competitions croaked a few years ago," joked Cheryl York, executive director of the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce. "But it's been replaced with another exciting event -- Hip Hop Mania. As contestants bounce around a course, which is timed, on balls with handles they stop at three separate stations and complete a task before moving on.

"The balls come in four sizes to accommodate children to adults. There's a $1 entry fee, and ribbons will be handed out for the first three place finishes."

There is no admission fee to the festival, which is held at Yantis Park in downtown Milton-Freewater.

The entertainment for Aug. 19 will be Lark Drive, a Southern rock band that blends distinctive vocal harmonies, York said.

Tommy Hogan Band, which plays a mix of soulful blues, provides the music for Aug. 20. Both concerts start at 7 p.m. at Yantis Park. Admission is free.

There will be all sorts of commercial arts and crafts booths, kids games, a talent show, a softball tournament and an art show.

The parade begins at Freewater School on North Main Street at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20, and ends at Yantis Park on DeHaven Avenue.

"The festival is completely planned around families," York said. "It is one of the few events where all ages are taken into consideration."

A schedule of events for both days is available at

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