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Taking Flight: Celebrating 88 Years of Wings Over the Prairie in Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Arkansas is home to the highly anticipated 88th annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival. As the largest outdoor expo in the Mid-South, this festival takes over 6 city blocks in downtown Stuttgart, offering an abundance of entertainment for the whole family. From shopping and delectable food to children's activities, a lively carnival and midway, a vibrant beer garden, and thrilling duck calling contests, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Moreover, the festival is complemented by the presence of outstanding downtown merchants who are open for business all year round.

A Rich History:

Wings Over the Prairie traces its roots back to the early 1930s when Stuttgart's reputation as a premier duck hunting destination began to flourish, to coincide with the annual Arkansas Rice Carnival. As the festival evolved, it became a platform for showcasing the incredible skill and artistry of duck calling. Today, it stands as one of the most prestigious duck calling competitions in the world, drawing participants and spectators from far and wide!

The Duck Calling Championship:

At the heart of Wings Over the Prairie is the highly anticipated World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. This thrilling competition brings together the most talented duck callers, who mesmerize the audience with their ability to mimic the sounds of ducks in the wild. Participants showcase their skills in various categories, including the Junior World Championship and the Main Street Calling Contest. The atmosphere is electric as the crowd cheers on their favorite contestants, culminating in the crowning of the World's Champion Duck Caller.

Exciting Events and Competitions:

Beyond the duck calling championship, Wings Over the Prairie offers an exciting lineup of events and competitions for all ages. From retriever dog trials and the Great 5K and 10k Duck Races to the Michelob Ultra Duck Gumbo Cook-Off, there is no shortage of entertainment and friendly rivalry. Visitors can also witness the Wings Over the Prairie Festival Parade, featuring elaborate floats, marching bands, and enthusiastic locals.

Culinary Delights and Retail Vendors:

The festival also features the Mallard Marketplace, where visitors can explore a variety of arts and crafts exhibits, including rare and unique duck calls at the Sporting Collectibles Show. Food vendors line the streets, offering a delicious array of local and international cuisines, making it a food lover's paradise. The festival also has a retail vendor area, where visitors can find hunting gear, outdoor apparel, artisan crafts, and unique souvenirs.

Embracing Community and Tradition:

Wings Over the Prairie is not just an event; it's a celebration of community and tradition. The festival brings together people from all walks of life, uniting them in their shared love for duck hunting and the unique heritage of Stuttgart. The warm and welcoming atmosphere fosters connections, and visitors can engage with fellow enthusiasts, vendors, and locals alike.

Wings Over the Prairie is a Thanksgiving tradition that perfectly encapsulates the spirit and culture of Stuttgart, Arkansas. From the thrilling duck calling championship to the exciting events, delicious food, and lively retail vendors, this festival offers a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you're a seasoned duck hunter, a food lover, or simply looking for a unique holiday adventure, Wings Over the Prairie is the place to be. Embrace the tradition, immerse yourself in the festivities, and create lasting memories at this extraordinary celebration of all things duck hunting.

Lindsay Jordan is the Head of Operations and Sarah's trusted right-hand at Arkie Travels. With an unwavering passion for all things Arkansas, her dedication to promoting the state shines through in her role. She served as the Executive Director for the Gann Museum of Saline County for the past 6 years, where her deep appreciation for history and love for her home state was evident in the exceptional exhibits, compelling newsletters, and captivating tours she curated.

Away from the office, Lindsay finds joy in experiencing the wonders of the Natural State with her family. From camping under the stars to hiking along breathtaking trails, and even exploring waterways on kayaks, she embraces these outdoor adventures wholeheartedly and is happy to share the beauty of Arkansas with everyone around her.

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