Plan-Ahead Event: The 75th Annual World

“Plan-Ahead Event” blogs are posted early in the week and feature events and festivals that are popular or unique…and give readers plenty of time to make plans to attend!

 
Kimberly J. Williams
 
It’s hard to believe that November is already halfway over! Which means Thanksgiving is approaching…and, in Stuttgart, that means it’s almost time for some duck calling!

The 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival officially kicks-off this Saturday, Nov. 20, with the pageants that will name the 2010 winners for the Queen Mallard and the Junior Queen Mallard.

Sunday, Nov. 21, Stuttgart’s downtown businesses host the Wings Over the Prairie Festival open house, beginning at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24 is the opening of the festival carnival and midway. The fun kicks off at 3:30 p.m. along Main Street. The youth duck calling contest begins at 6 p.m. on the Stuttgart Stage, located on Main Street.

On Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, the carnival and midway opens at 1 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. on Main Street.

Friday, Nov. 26, registration opens for all the festival contests at 8 a.m. The children’s duck calling classes begin at 10 a.m., which is also the time the carnival and midway, the arts and crafts fair, the commercial exhibits, the sports collectibles show and the off road village opens to the public. The various duck calling contests begin at 1 p.m. and are held throughout the day. The sportsman’s party begins at 7 p.m. and features the Tragikly White Band.

The 31st annual Great 10K Duck Race starts off Saturday’s events at 8 a.m. Events and exhibits, such as the carnival, arts and crafts fair, sports collectibles show, off road village, and commercial exhibits, open at 9 a.m. The Junior World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Senior World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., it’s the start of the 30th annual World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off on Park Avenue and the Women’s World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest on Main Street. The Main Street Stage is the site for the 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest at 2 p.m., immediately followed by the 2010 Champion of Champions Duck Calling Contest.

This world-renowned festival promises to be on of the best ever! To find out more and to see a detailed event listing, visit http://www.stuttgartarkansas.org/. Quack, quack!!

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