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Dr. Harold V. Glenn/Thad McCollum/Verne Tindall

These three men are recognized for the creating what is now known as the World Duck Calling Championship. The first National Duck Calling Contest was held in 1936 in conjunction with the annual Arkansas Rice Festival. The Festival was the precursor to the popular Wings Over the Prairie Festival held each Thanksgiving weekend in Stuttgart. McCollum is credited with originating the contest, while Dr. Glenn sold the American Legion on sponsoring the event and Tindall was a chief organizer. The advent of the contest is still the pinnacle of competitive duck calling and coupled with the festival, is a chief economic driver for the Stuttgart area.


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