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Stuttgart, Arkansas annually hosts the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival. Held during Thanksgiving Week, the festival is the largest outdoor expo in the Mid-South promoting the sport of duck hunting. The first National Duck Calling Contest was held in Stuttgart in 1936, in connection with the annual Arkansas Rice Carnival. The contest originated after a dispute among local duck hunters about who was the best duck caller. A contest was created to settle the dispute. Events in the related festival include the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off, a sportsman’s party,
arts, crafts, exhibits, vehicle exhibitions, a carnival, and a 10-K race. Since the first contest was held, the yearly event has grown to become a national and international contest.