Calling ducks goes to calling Hogs

STUTTGART, Ark.  Bill Free, Chairman of the Wings Over the Prairie Festival, admits he was a touch optimistic for this year's milestone event.

"It's our 75th anniversary and we're expecting a huge crowds for that," Free said before Saturday.

The Arkansas Razorbacks hosting the LSU Tigers down the road in Little Rock for a football game with major bowl implications lowered the crowd numbers.
Duck calling gave way to Hog calling.

From festival-goers in the streets to attendees at the Duck Gumbo, numbers were down to between 10,000 and 15,000 for the weekend.

"It's usually around 20,000. Everybody went to the ballgame," he said, adding that the Duck Gumbo Cookoff had a dropoff of about half to 2,000. "We been having this on Saturday a lot longer than they've been having that ballgame."

The Arkansas-LSU game had been played on the Friday after Thanksgiving for years. Next year's game will be on Saturday, but it is in Baton Rouge, La.

"They ought to come back next year." Free said.

In memory of

Bernie Boyle of Danville, Iowa, followed up his 2004 World's title with a Champion of Champions.
Tragically, he died in a car accident last January, but his presence was felt at the festival.
There was a video tribute to him inbetween the World's championship and the Champion of Champions. World's winner Brad Allen dedicated his victory to Boyle.

Women's World
Winner: Priscella Rickman, Dyersburg, Tenn.
First runner-up: Lauren Englkes, Stuttgart, Ark.
Second runner-up:Allison Stone, Stuttgart, Ark.
Third runner-up: Kayla Wilson, Stuttgart, Ark.

Junior World's Championship
Winner: Logan Wilebski, Fentile, Minn.
First runner-up: Reece Stephens, Stuttgart, Ark
Second runner-up: Kelsi Mashburn, Stuttgart, Ark.
Third runner-up: Daniel Goetz, St. Louis

Senior World's
Winner: Craig Guilliam, Council Bluffs, Iowa
First runner-up: Charles Petty, Harrisburg, Ark.
Second runner-up: Butch Richenback, Stuttgart, Ark.
Third runner-up: Curt Schueneman, Mankato, Minn.

Winner: Seth Hartman, Leawood, Kan.
First runner-up: Devlin Hodges, Kimberly, Ala.
Second runner-up: Austin Przybylski, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Third runner-up: Joseph Gentry, Eads, Tenn.

Chick & Sophie Major
Winner: Robbie Iverson, Ottowa, Ill.
First runner-up: Hunter Toler, Farmville, N.C.
Second runner-up: Preston Ellis, Texarkana, Ark.
Third runner-up: Travis Ward, Huntington, Tenn.

Junior Women's World
Winner: Emla Holsted, Stuttgart, Ark.