Established in 1867, Little River County, Arkansas, has been a haven of natural beauty and a region renowned for an abundance of fish and game throughout it’s history.
Always rich in natural resources, Little River County boasts abundant water from it’s many lakes and rivers, fertile farming soil, vast timberlands, and natural limestone. Over the years, major industries have located to Little River County because of it’s ample and affordable resources, but the region remains an unspoiled beauty and has balanced prosperity and progress with preservation.
Today, Little River County is a thriving mix of international industry, southern hospitality and unending outdoor recreation. The citizens of Little River towns such as Ashdown, Foreman, Ogden, Wilton and Winthrop enjoy a rare and relaxing quality of life. The future of Little River County is as limitless as our natural resources and our creative, diverse and dedicated people.
2013 Frog Giggin’ Tournament
When some people hear “Frog Giggin” they wonder “what in the world is frog gigging?” But for contestants and fans of the Frog Giggin’ Tournament Series by Riverbank Products, it conjures memories of child hood fun, chasing illusive frogs, stiff competition, and lots of fun.
For those still wondering what frog giggin is, it’s the sport of catching frogs. Much like a traditional bass tournament, The Frog Giggin’ Tournament Series by Riverbank Products sends teams of contestants out at night in search of the biggest frogs they can find. Teams then weigh-in their 10 biggest bull frogs for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.
This year’s tournament series is shaping up to be a huge success and fun for everyone. On May 10-11, Riverbank Products kicked off the second season of the frog giggin’ tournament series with a stop at Ashdown, Arkansas’ Whistle Stop Festival. Teams were allowed to search for frogs in a 60 mile radius of Ashdown which included Arkansas waterways such as Lake Millwood and the Red River as well as parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
Team Bayou Boys took home the prize money and bragging rights with the biggest total bag weight at 9.33lbs and the biggest frog at 6.467 inches snout/vent length. Team members included Jared Fyock, Dustin Rushing, and Jason Anthony.
A new addition to this year’s Frog Giggin’ Tournament Series by Riverbank Products was the kids Frog Race. After the weigh-in children age’s kindergarten through adult tried their luck at seeing who had this skill and agility to keep their frogs on course as they hopped approximately 50 feet to the finish line. Frog Gigging teams also helped make sure all of the kids had fun by loaning frogs to kids who didn’t have their own frogs.
“We had a lot of fun hosting the tournament in Ashdown.” Said Riverbank Products Owner Chris Porter. “The Whistlestop Festival was a great venue for the tournament. There are tons of places to frog gig in this area. it was a fantastic festival with a great car and tractor show, kids activities and lots of fun. The festival’s pancake breakfast was a welcome site to some of the weary frog giggers who had little to no sleep as they competed.”
The next stop in the Frog Giggin Tournament Series by Riverbank Products will be in Columbia, LA June 14-15. This is the second time the tournament has been held in Columbia and last year’s tournament there had been the largest in the series. Registration is now open at www.riverbankproducts.com/events.
Frog Gigging is a fun sport that doesn’t cost a fortune. Anyone can frog gig without needing expensive equipment. A good spotlight is all that is needed. Just head out to your favorite lake, river, pond, creek or back water slough at dusk with your buddies and start looking. A typical Frog Giggin team consists of three people, a light man, a motor man, and someone to put the frogs in a sack.
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