World's Duck Calling Championship Postponed Until 2021

The 86th World's Duck Calling Championship, held each Thanksgiving weekend in Stuttgart, Arkansas, has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World's Duck Calling Championship Postponed Until 2021

The 86th World's Duck Calling Championship, held each Thanksgiving weekend in Stuttgart, Arkansas, has been postponed to 2021 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wings Over the Prairie Festival officials made the announcement on the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce site.

Calling contestants who qualified for the 2020 championship will automatically be included in the 2021 contest, officials said. The Champion of Champions and Senior World championships, originally scheduled for this year, also will be held in 2021.

"While we are disheartened at the thought of Thanksgiving week without this traditional event, we feel moving forward would be a risk to our community, volunteers, vendors and guests," said festival chairman Bill Free.

Some events will be held virtually, including the Great Duck Race. Stuttgart's chamber also will hold its annual Downtown Open House for visitors. However, the Queen Mallard Pagent and massive Duck Gumbo Cookoff are moved to 2021.

The week's events range from the gumbo cookoff, pageant and calling contest to a 5-Stand shooting contest, carnival, sporting collectibles show, 5K and 10K Great Duck Race and more. Thousands of visitors pour into the tiny Arkansas town, considered the capital of waterfowl hunting and a must-visit experience for diehard duck hunters, to hunt and socialize.

The Saturday calling championships are the cap to the week's events. The Champion of Champions and Senior World events are held every five years only for prior champions and seniors.

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