Big Run, PA – Although we still have some cold temperatures in the forecast, Big Run is ready for spring. Each year, the town celebrates the eventual arrival of peepers, which are small frogs that hibernate all winter.

This year was the 25th annual event for the small town.

Sunday night’s Peeper Banquet was full of silly frog-themed decorations and prizes. However, as Mayor Joe Buterbaugh puts it, it’s about more than the frogs… it’s about community and celebrating the arrival of spring.

This year’s Peeper Banquet speaker, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett, says this is truly one of the many things that makes small towns in Pennsylvania so special.

Jim Cassidy of the Standard Pennant printing company was this year’s Big Run Citizen of the year.

Although the peepers haven’t been heard yet, the mayor, as always, reminds Big Run residents to alert the council as soon as they hear the first peep. The date will be written down on the list with all of the historical first peeper dates, and then the spring celebrations really begin.

The earliest date was on March 2, 1979. The latest date was April 5, 2013.

Date of when the peepers were first heard each year:

  • March 22, 1972
  • March 12, 1973
  • March 20, 1974
  • March 26, 1975
  • March 4, 1976
  • March 10, 1977
  • April 1, 1978
  • March 2, 1979
  • March 20, 1980
  • March 27, 1981
  • March 26, 1982
  • March 7, 1983
  • March 26, 1984
  • March 20, 1985
  • March 15, 1986
  • March 27, 1987
  • March 25, 1988
  • March 16, 1989
  • March 12, 1990
  • March 20, 1991
  • March 9, 1992
  • March 29, 1993
  • April 2, 1994
  • March 14, 1995
  • March 25, 1996
  • March 12, 1997
  • March 20, 1998
  • April 1, 1999
  • March 6, 2000
  • April 1, 2001
  • March 16, 2002
  • March 22, 2003
  • March 25, 2004
  • March 29, 2005
  • March 12, 2006
  • March 22, 2007
  • March 22, 2008
  • March 17, 2009
  • March 18, 2010
  • March 17, 2011
  • March 12, 2012
  • April 5, 2013
  • April 3, 2014
  • April 3, 2015
  • March 9, 2016
  • March 9, 2017

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