Calling All Birds

DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2017) (readMedia)-- The call of the wild rang out from Pioneer Hall during the bird calling contests held at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Contestants did their best imitations of chickens, roosters, ducks and turkeys to the delight of the many Fairgoers gathered.

Results below:

Ladies Chicken Calling

1) Cala McGregor, Nashua

2) Karee Hodge, Eldrige

3) Buppi Honeck, State Center

Youth Rooster Crowing

1) Kamden Criss, Oskaloosa

2) Payton Bowlin, Newton

3) Jack Bowlin, Newton

Duck Calling 4 -16

1) Cooper Harrison, Griswold

2) Max McGilligan, Webster City

3) Jaycee Morris, Swan

Duck Calling 17-Over

1) Mike McGilligan, Webster City

2) Travis Mohler, Grimes

3) Shane Harrison, Griswold

Turkey Calling 4 - 16

1) Cole Cretsinger, Coon Rapids

2) Lauren Keller, Gladbrook

3) Jaycee Morris, Swan

Turkey Calling 17 – Over

1) Travis Mohler, Grimes

The contest was part of "Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions" in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.


Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. "Nothing Compares" to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit