Thursday, November 22, 2007

Feathers Ruffled At Duck Calling Championships

STUTTGART, Ark. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The people of Stuttgart, Arkansas, are getting ready for a “quacky” contest.

The 72nd Annual World Championship Duck Calling Contest has folks flocking into town on Saturday (Nov. 24), to take a shot at mimicking duck sounds and earn the coveted title of duck calling king.

But event director Stephen Bell says a contestant’s believable bird call can ruffle some feathers.

He says, “Three ducks once flew onto the stage during someone’s call. I don’t know if they were looking for love or a fight, but if any birds show up this year, someone will probably take a shot at them and put them in some gumbo.”

Around 35,000 attendees will watch 70 quacking contestants use a reed instrument called a duck call to imitate mating, feeding, comeback, and hailing calls of mallards, and will be judged by former world quacking champs.

And getting your beak on some birds before the calling contest can boost your chances for a win.

Bell says, “There’s a duck gumbo contest where you can sample the food. The gumbo is really good, and will warm you up for your call.”

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