The T-shirt for this year's cancelled Frog-Jumping contest at Tony's may become a collectors item. Photo by Jay Barrett
years of being a Crab Fest fixture, the annual Frog Jumping Contest at Tony's
Bar has been cancelled. State wildlife officials are concerned the frogs, which
are imported from the Lower 48, might carry diseases which could be transferred
to local wildlife.
Almeter is the manager of Tony's.
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year the state ... be, you know, a huge issue.")
says that even though the two diseases have not been reported in Alaska,
understands the need to protect Kodiak's fish. She says she could import
frogs, but the cost of the testing required is prohibitive:
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problem is that ... huge deal for the facilities.")
says she suggested several ways to mitigate the potential transfer of
from the frogs to the world outside of Tony's, but the state wouldn't
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spoke with the state ... take that chance.")
has long produced custom T-shirts that are given to patrons who enter a
the jumping contest, and are ordered well in advance. Two years ago the
was "No Country for Old Frogs," and last year it was "Slum Frog
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themed after the ... been pretty disappointing.")
frog supplier in the Lower 48 steps up to provide the required testing
reasonable cost, this year's T-shirts might become collectors' items
frog-jumping contest that never was.
says she's open to suggestions for what to replace the frogs with on
Sunday, when the contest is usually held. Slugs, which are native to
were one suggestion, as were Dungeness crab races.