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Poster for 64th Annual Duck Calling Contest
Poster for 64th Annual Duck Calling Contest

World Championship Duck Calling Contest

This event, held in conjunction with the Wings Over the Prairie Festival during Thanksgiving week, attracts thousands of sportsmen to Stuttgart, Arkansas. More than 60,000 people attend the festival, which is the oldest in the state. The first duck calling contest, held in 1936, had 17 contestants, and the first prize was a hunting coat valued at $6.60. Today the contest is held in six divisions, including junior, intermediate, and women; and the prize package is worth more than $15,000. Other highlights of the festival include the Duck Gumbo Cook-off and the Sporting Collectibles Show. The project includes six videotapes of the different contest divisions; descriptive text; an official program, newspaper supplement, and poster from the 1999 festival; other promotional materials; and a number of memorabilia, including a trophy and a camouflage hat with an official logo.

Originally submitted by: Tim Hutchinson, Senator.

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