Milton-Freewater is a small town in northeastern Oregon, about 25 miles east of Pendleton. To say there is not much going on there is an understatement. They do harvest a lot of sweet peas but that’s about it.
Oh, for over 30 years they have had the annual Muddy Frogwater Festival, which is somewhat of a local fair.
Several years ago, the town fathers decide they needed something to draw visitors to Milton-Freewater. They hired a consultant and after much deliberation, the decision was made to go with FROGS…yes, frogs! Even though, other than tree frogs, the amphibians are not indigenous to Milton-Freewater, the theme seemed to tie in with the annual festival.
So Frogs it was! Many merchants and homeowners jumped on board and put up frogs…all over town…frogs, everywhere. Not the cute little croaking ones but big, fat plaster ones!! There is one that’s a builder, one for an orthopedic clinic, a baker, a library patron…the list goes on. And while the frogs are interesting and quirky, it doesn’t seem like they have done a lot to make Milton-Freewater a tourist destination.
We enjoyed our froggy tour and I hope you will enjoy this video I put together to highlight a few of the frogs we saw. There are more…believe me, there are more. You can run, but you can’t hide!
Click on photo to see video. For some reason I am having trouble with embedding video from the laptop. It’s a short video but I think you will enjoy it.