Kelley Tierney of Cornland took home
first prize in the Husband Calling Contest on Sunday afternoon. The
victory was her eighth in 10 tries but her first since 2009.
Kyle Barton of West Des Moines, Iowa,
won the Hog Calling Contest. He is a three-time champion, having won
previously in 2010 and 2011.
Both enjoy the spirit of
competition and already are planning to return next year to defend
"I just love everything about the
fair," Tierney said. "It was a fluke that I did it the first time,
but I love it, and I enjoy coming up with new ideas every year."
"I like to see someone's first-time
hog calling and how much fun they have," Barton added. "It's
A new sponsor this year sweetened
the prize money that they will receive. DuPont Pioneer, a global
developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, pledged $100 to
each winner. This is in addition to the $100 they will receive from
Hog Inc., a pork processor in Greenfield, and the $250 they won in
state fair premiums.
While Tierney plans to apply her
prize money toward a trip to the Kentucky Derby, Barton was not so
sure how he will spend his winnings.
"Maybe I'll buy a corn dog," he
said with a laugh.
The two calling contests are
longtime fair traditions and generate both national and,
occasionally, international publicity. A capacity crowd gathered at
the Lincoln Stage to watch this year's competitions.
Monday was Senior Citizens/Scouts
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and fair
visitors 60 and older were admitted to the fairgrounds for free on
Monday. Special events, including inductions into the Illinois
Senior Hall of Fame, took place in the Senior Citizens Center.
Later in the day, there was a
concert by Native Run on the Happy Hollow stage; New Odyssey
performed with the Illinois National Guard 144th Army Band at the
Grandstand; and the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association presented
truck and tractor pulls.
NASCAR driver to promote E-85 at
Illinois State Fair
Legendary NASCAR driver Kenny
Wallace will make a pit stop at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday,
Agriculture Day, to promote ethanol fuel.
Wallace will visit from 11 a.m.
until noon at the Commodities Pavilion, where he will address the
lunchtime crowd and greet racing fans.
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