Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hollerin’ Hopefuls Mouth-Off To Revive Lost Art

SPIVEYS CORNER, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Rowdy rednecks are giving hollerin’ a bad name.

On Saturday (Jun. 21), nearly 5,000 people will head to the tiny rural crossroads of Spiveys Corner, North Carolina, to compete for the trophy at the 40th Annual National Hollerin’ Contest.

While many people associate hollerin’ with rowdy rednecks, event organizer Wayne Edwards says hollerin’ actually has serious historical significance.

Hollerin’ was used as far back as the 1600s to spread news down the battlefield.

The modern-day police siren also stems from the “Distress Holler,” which can be heard for a quarter mile and was used to call for help across town.

Edwards says, “People think hollerin’ is a redneck thing, for calling dogs or pigs, but it’s not. It’s a form of art.”

Edwards cites cell phones as a reason why hollerin’ isn’t used as much today, but hopes people will come to the contest to get an earful of the old-timey tradition.

For more info, check out hollerincontest.com.

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