Ashdown, Arkansas is known for its railroads and rivers. It’s also the site of the 17th Annual Whistletop Festival. Past activities have included the Miss Whistlestop Pageant, catfish cook-off, antique car show along with lots of games and activities for children like turtle races and a youth art show. Entertainment at the event usually includes a live band, train memorabilia, food/craft vendors, antique shops scavenger hunt, pancake breakfast, special museum displays.

However, this year’s newest addition is the Frog Giggin’ Tournament Series by Riverbank Products. “Frog giggin’ is a relatively inexpensive sport, and anyone – from kids to adults – can participate,” said Chris Porter, president of El Dorado-based Riverbank Products. “We wanted to do this tournament to highlight our great natural resources, and to bring a fun, safe outdoor sporting event to the area.”

The Frog Giggin Tournament Series by Riverbank Products started in 2012 and unlike a Bass tournament, this is a team event. Teams must work together and search for Frogs on Friday night within a 60 mile radius of the tournament sight. Total bag limit per team is 15 frogs, and biggest frog and biggest bag weight will receive payouts. Pay outs will increase by 25% if a child younger than 16 is a member of the team.

There is also a new addition to this year’s tournament series. During Saturday’s Weigh-in, Live frogs caught during the tournament will be entered into the Frog Race. Much like herding cats, teams encourage their frog to run the race course. The first frog to cross the finish line wins. It’s sure to make for great entertainment.

“We are excited about the 2013 Tournament Series. What started out as one tournament has grown into a life of it’s own.” Porter said. “With the natural resources that the Little River county area has to offer like Lake Millwood, the red river, and other features offer, It should make a good fit for some great frog giggin’.”

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Image courtesy Riverbank Products

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