MASSENA — The dog days of summer will be turning into the frog days of summer Thursday at the Massena Arena.
The Massena Recreation Department’s annual Boss Frog Jumping Contest is scheduled for 9 a.m., and Recreation Director Richard A. Boprey said it’s an event that always draws a big crowd.
“It’s a very successful event. It’s enjoyed by a lot of kids, and parents and grandparents who come and watch it. It’s a good fun morning at the Massena Arena. Kids come and have fun,” he said.
The competition is divided into three frog-handler age groups — 5 and under, 6 to 9, and 10 and over. Prizes will be awarded in all age groups.
Pat Henrie, summer recreation director, “always gets some prizes here and there,” Mr. Boprey said.
The top finishers in each age group will compete in the Boss Frog jump-off to see who is named this year’s Boss Frog.
“Thanks to Leonard Laneuville, we have one big frog jumping trophy with the winner’s name engraved on it every year,” Mr. Boprey said.
That trophy will be on display at Laneuville’s Grocery and Bottle Redemption Center.
The recreation director said it’s tough to tell who’s going to be the fastest hopper each year — the small frogs or the larger ones with the big legs that propel themselves to the finish line once they get moving.
“I think it’s the luck of the draw. We tend to find that smaller frogs that are full of energy and ready to go win the event, but you never know. We get a wide variety of frogs,” Mr. Boprey said.
Some frogs, such as the tropical variety that have been house pets, just don’t move once their handler places them on the concrete floor.
“As soon as their body touches the concrete floor, they tend not to want to jump,” he said.
Preregistration is on-going by calling the Massena Arena at 769-3161, or participants can sign up the morning of the event.
“We do have preregistration. People can call and sign their kids up. We encourage that. It makes it easier on the day of the event,” Mr. Boprey said.