Frogtoberfest hops into fall Saturday Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011
By Matt Decker
Leisure/Sports editor

Last year, Frog Fest made its debut as a fall festival. This year, it’s taken a hop further, transforming itself into “Frogtoberfest.”

The annual festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Waynesville City Park. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

“It’s a family-friendly event,” said Sheryl Eagleburger-Williams, a member of the festival’s board, who added the festival will include activities for all ages.

“We’ll have games for kids, to include a piñata,” she added. “There will be vendors with food and crafts. We’ll also be selling (deep-fried) frog legs and ‘Frogtoberfest’ T-shirts.”

An event that has become a “tradition-within-a-tradition” in recent years is the annual Frog Race held by the Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce. Scheduled at 1 p.m., Saturday, small plastic frogs sponsored by area businesses, organizations and individuals will race down the Roubidoux Creek for a chance to win a $100, $75 or $50 savings bond.
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Frog Rock is the inspiration for Frog Fest, now called Frogtoberfest. File photo

In a news release announcing the race, Jenna Farquhar, Chamber office manager, said frogs can be “adopted” up until the race begins on site, or in advance at Chamber office, located at 137 St. Robert Blvd., Suite B.

“Stop by the Chamber office and either enter a lone frog for $5 or pull together a team of three for $10,” Farquhar said. “Just remember the more frogs you have the better your chances of walking away a winner.”

Frog Fest began as a way to celebrate Waynesville’s Frog Rock, which was chiseled and painted by local artist Phil Nelson in the mid ’90s. The rock was named “W.H. Croaker” several years ago as part of a “Name The Frog Contest” during a previous festival, and has been re-painted several times through the years, becoming a well-known local landmark.

The festival was held in the spring until 2010, when the festival’s board of directors moved it to October after heavy rains and storms threatened several previous festivals. This year, the board decided to tweak the name to secure its place as an annual October event.

“We will welcome the fall season with an enjoyable day in the park,” said Rhea Anne Mathews, festival board member.

“We’re hoping weather conditions will be more favorable in early fall than they were in early spring.  We’ve dubbed it ‘Frogtoberfest’ to reflect the change,” she added.

For more information about the Frog Race, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 573.336.5121 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2011 )