Frog jump winners

Crossnore Fourth of July Frog Jump Competition grand champion Brandon Sizemore (pictured, center), with second-place winner Max Untersee (right) and third-place winner Nicholas Laprade (left).

CROSSNORE — The annual Fourth of July world-renowned Crossnore Frog-Jumping Competition didn’t have to look far to find this year’s champion.

Crossnore resident Brandon Sizemore, with his hand-picked frog “Spider Man” outleaped 81 other contestants to win the title of Grand Champion at the 2019 Crossnore Fourth of July Extravaganza in the heart of downtown.

The competition works as follows: Competitors place their frog in a small circle, and upon the blowing of a whistle, are timed for how long it takes for the frog to leap out of its initial circle and also outside of a larger encompassing circle. The human handlers of competing frogs may tickle the frog with a feather, but may not touch or otherwise coerce to frog to move.

“Spider Man” out-jumped the competition in a blazing time of two seconds. Second-place frog “Steve,” raced by competitor Max Untersee of Frisco, Texas, cleared the circle in a time of 2.63 seconds, while third-place frog “Gary,” raced by competitor Nicholas Laprade of nearby Montezuma, crossed the circle in a time of 3.37 seconds.

The long-standing event is a staple of the annual Fourth of July festivities in Crossnore, which includes veteran recognitions, free watermelon, vendors, live music and food, while CVFD provides the fireworks show each year at dark, as well as the trophies for the frog jump competition’s top three placers.

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