Kempton Fair has plenty for everyone
Music filled the air along with the smell of good things cooking at the Kempton Community Center.
The three-day Kempton Fair was well underway June 16.
Randy Harders, Frontier District membership chair for the Boy Scouts, was talking to Scout age boys trying to get new recruits. There was something special about his recruiting method. On a table was a rocket and every boy who joined Scouts would receive one to safely blast off from a central locale.
Three Boy Scouts were selling meat sticks for the “On the Trail to Philmont” fundraiser. Philmont is a Scout camp in New Mexico. Although some Scout facilities have been closed due to fire danger the Scouts will not be going until next year and hope for better weather.
Members of the Lehigh Valley Model A Club were out in force displaying their bright and shiny antique cars.
Ben Giralico of New Tripoli brought along a 1931 pickup truck that was just as shiny as the cars.
Animals were being judged. Tracie Heckman told Layne Schroder she would help him if necessary. They do a lot of showing. His cow is named Elsa.
Ashner Ruth, 8, was showing his crossbred pigs.
The Lehigh Valley Press and Times News were out in force with issues of the eight weekly papers available for the taking.
Mom Cori Dixon said she and her boys, Tanner, Levi and Isaac, had quite an excursion catching frogs in the morning before coming to the fair.
Her sons were entering the frog-jumping contest.
Blair, 1; Nicolas, 4; and parents Phil and Sara Salamone were waiting for the first frogs to jump. The rules of the game are the same as in Calaveras County, Calif., where the jump-offs are first done. The difference is the California entries had to be at least 4 inches long, said John Walker. His wife, Erika, was signing up entries.
The frog is put on a staging area and the jockey can touch it, blow on it or whatever he or she thinks will get it moving.
After the first jump, the frog cannot be touched. Each frog has three jumps and wherever it ends with the three jumps, a measurement is taken back to the staging area. Of course, three straight-line jumps provide the best chance but some turn back which cuts down on their distance.
Jamison Kleibscheidel of Whitehall was given a net to help catch any that got away.
The first jump was 6 feet 5 inches and started off with a long jump for its first one.
Tanner Dixon’s frog jumped 7 feet 6 inches.
Sheila McQueen Heiter of Allentown was recognized and was pointed out as having been in the first ever frog jump.
There were also bean bag and balloon tosses for the kids.
The Lions Club had a truck on site.
The Lions test children’s eyes at a young age and tell the parents if a follow-up visit to an eye doctor is recommended.