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4th of July parade's have always been a yearly tradition in Alturas as far back as the early 1900's, but the name "Fandango Days" actually started in 1963 by the Modoc County Chamber of Commerce. This turned out to be one of the largest parade's ever to come to Alturas with over 50 exhibits taking to the parade route down Main Street. The remainder of the afternoon celebration was held at the Veteran's Memorial Park where it is still being held today. One event that was popular at the time was the "Frog Jumping" competition. The contest was the first big event to be held at the park, and it received official recognition and sanction from the Frog Jumping Capital of the World in Angel's Camp located in Calavaras County. A total prize purse of $250 was up for grabs with a $100 top prize going to the first place winner. The official Chairmen who helped spearhead this event were Bliss Paul and Bob Schorch. Privately owned frogs were not eligible for competition, and the contestant had to select a frog from the "frog stable" that were chosen by the frog jumping chair committee. The Fandango Days Royalty were also selected and rode in the parade route. Lettie Genung was crowned "Goddess of Liberty" and 6 year old Rhonda Hartley who was crowned "Little Miss Sparkler".