HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Who needs frogs at a Frog Fest? There were plenty of other diversions that brought about 4,000 people and raised nearly $6,000.
The 3rd annual festival in the Success community was named in honor of the gopher frog, which was once thought extinct but rediscovered in about 2006.
While there weren't any frogs, there were other animals, alive or otherwise, that were on display. In addition, food, children's activities, arts and crafts and special dancing performances took center stage.
T-shirt sales and a silent auction brought in an additional $6,000.
The organizing group, For Success, was formed to reverse a negative trend with petty crime and littering. They asked Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara for help.
"After he was here for about an hour and thirty minutes talking to us, he convinced us that this change had to come from within, it had to come with us inside this community," said Susan Vuyovich, a member of the For Success Committee.
Vuyovich said For Success also sponsors a Kids Fun Day in May and quarterly cleanups in the community.