September 11, 2018
It is one of the oldest Iowa State Fair traditions where young and more experienced can put their talents to the test in the Hog Calling contest. 2018 contestants competed on Friday, August 17 in Pioneer Hall to earn bragging rights until next year.
The adult division was stiff competition with Kyle Barton, a returning winner, sharing his first place honors with Bill Yount from Greenfield. Blane Ealy from Iowa City squeaked out a second place call and Roger Freel from Des Moines ran all the way home with 3rd place.
Evie Wood of Dubuque won first place in the Youth Class of competition. Isabell Wood of Dubuque claimed second place, while Cloe Wales of Albia and Isaac Mohr of Dallas City shared third place honors for their calls.
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 Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.