Hello. My name is Mayor Ribbit.
I live in Valley City, Ohio. I am having some great adventures.
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How I Became Mayor Ribbit
My first outing was for the Independence Day Parade. The people made me feel really welcome.
Next I tried to compete in the Frog Jump. But I was disqualified ’cause I could not complete the entry form. You see, I did not yet have a name.
So the Chamber Directors helped me. They had a contest and asked people at the Frog Jump Festival to suggest names for me.
While waiting for my new name to be picked, I took a vacation. First came beach time along the Lake Erie shore …
… then time to smell the flowers. Now I felt all relaxed.
My name is MAYOR Ribbit !
Over 200 people suggested names. I want to thank them all in person. But I could not make so many visits. So THANK YOU ALL.
Stephanie Roulet’s idea was Mayor Ribbit. She won the contest. I did visit her home to thank her for such a neat name. She lives in Valley City, too.
I got to be in the Halloween Party put on by the Fire Department. Chief Berger let me ride to the Depot in a big Fire Truck. — WOW.
The crowd was soooo big. (Can you see me?)
And guess who got to lead the Parade? (me that’s who. Was I ever lucky.)
They even let me go ’round with them while the awards were handed out.
Afterwards it was time for Trick or Treat. What a great evening. Thanks, Mr Fire Department, for everything. Hope everyone else had as much fun.
And guess who got to lead the Parade? (Me, that’s who. Was I ever lucky.)
July 4th Celebration
There is this really neat parade, see, with lots of fire trucks and sirens —
And really old cars —
I got to High Five lots of kids —
And see the VFW Color Guard!
The Parade ended in Mill Stream Park, with prizes.
The old cars were peered at and judged.
After dark, there were lots of fireworks. The Firemen lit them off.
I like July 4th in Valley City. It is lots of fun to celebrate Independence Day.
The Day I Made the News!
Robin Swoboda asked me. A special Frog Jump 5 days before the Festival happened there. Robin won the trophy, hurray for Robin
Exploring the Festival
Then on Sunday, the day of the Festival, I was allowed to open the jumping contest. I hopped around the ring showing everyone the Grand Champion trophy. The crowd was really excited. Then the jumping began.
All of a sudden I was hungry. So I ate some fresh corn. Still hungry so I had a sandwich. Mmmm, good.
I heard loud noises. Had to find out why.
There it was, a dunk tank, see, with lots of people having lots of fun. Mmmm, that cool water on a hot day musta felt gooood.
The bean bag toss looked like fun. Until I saw it from behind. Almost caught that bag right in my big eye.
‘Bout this time I was feeling warm. Passed up the cotton candy for a Boy Scout Snow Kone. Coolin’, Dude, coolin’.
I feel all safe with Sheriff’s Deputies here. Do you?
What a neat log cabin! The Liverpool Bicentennial Committee made it.This playhouse will be auctioned off at the Fireman’s Street Fair. I like Firemen, do you?
Firemen were here, too. This is Engine 11, new just last year. I got to look around inside.
One man was first to register. He slept in his van at the gate from 3 until 7 in the morning. A woman was second, she drove from Mogodore all by herself. Again this year.
This boy is filling out his registration slip.
The Registration Table was busy
Flight numbers were assigned
Officials announced happenings …
Frogs were really jumping in the ring
The Great Rocky River Frog Race
These floated downstream. Number 4 is the winner.
I saw people throwing hula hoops. They tried to throw them over one of the floating frogs.
Lots of hula hoops seemed instead to end up over this nice man. I don’t know why. Some people thought his hat looked funny. I don’t know why. I liked it.
Then I went up to the Bumblebee Tent. I call it that because it is yellow and black. I like bumblebees, yumm.
The Valley City Post Office had a special Festival cancellation mark just for this day. Lots of people mailed letters with it on them.
The food was Delicious!
Great cooks were cooking great food …
Volunteers were preparing plates of food …
… of different kinds
… it was going fast because …
… visitors were gobbling it up.
Before I left the Food Tent area I enjoyed the oldies and country music being played by DJ Ray.
Some folks enjoyed the music and talking with friends over a cooling beer.
On my way back towards the Jumping Ring I looked over the new Tee Shirts. Really like that frog. It was designed by Kristina Ousley of the Medina County Career Center. She won the competition to create this years Tee.
Wonder how many Tees are in the bag?
I saw the Bookmobile from Medina County District Library. That is where people made these neat frog hats and learned about books.
Here the man gets ‘checked out’ by his daughter at the Valley City Rescue Squad. The Squad is there all day in case people need help.
Lots of larnin’ about us Frogs goes on here, all day long.
First lesson is, we can be slippery; jump right out of your hands.
Bull Frog. No ridge. Most jumpers are these.
Wow! The Chief Naturalist of the Medina County Park District was here. He had two of my friends, a hard-to-find Wood Frog and a Spring Peeper, for people to see. And a recording of different Frog sounds brought lots of people to listen and look.