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May 14, 2009
Washington, DC

Fans of Big Read author Mark Twain will appreciate that the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee begins today in Angels Camp, California. According to the fair?s Web site, Twain was a regular visitor to the festival, which has been celebrated each year almost continuously since the 1800s. Local legend has it that it was during a visit, that the humorist was inspired to write his first known published story, ?The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.?