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Winners announced in frog race
Winners announced in frog race

Chamber ambassador Joe Grumney displays the first, second and third place frogs.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (May 2, 2009) — Winners of the Waynesville Frog Race, sponsored by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, were Frog No. 25, sponsored by Cathy Funk, who will receive a $100 savings bond from First State Bank, Frog No. 139 sponsored by the Bebee family who will receive $75, and Frog No. 149 sponsored by Carrie Killea, who will receive $50. The three had the fastest rubber frogs of 165 purchased at a cost of $5 per frog or $10 for a team of three frogs.

Frog Queen Rhae Anne Mathews presided over the frog race and announced the results with a megaphone, but said she couldn’t bring herself to dump the baskets of frogs into the water at the beginning of the race.

“I can’t dump my kind, I’m sorry,” Mathews said.

Chamber Executive Director Cecelia Murray and her husband Don, Chamber staff member Erin Sipes, and Chamber ambassadors Laura Brock and Joe Grumney conducted the frog race, with all but Cecelia Murray wading into the fast-flowing waters to catch the frogs before they escaped downstream.

Robert Stine of Gator Enterprises didn’t win, but said he was glad to enter.

“Did my frog drown?” Stine asked Murray when he found out his frog wasn’t one of the top-three finishers.

“I was at the Taste of Pulaski County and you know when you show up at a Chamber function with the women, it’s going to be very costly,” Stine joked. “I consider it a really cool event and am trying to support the county I live in. I’m in the Chamber; Cecilia let me in there and hasn’t kicked me out yet.”

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