The question on folks' minds in Rogue River is which rooster will cock-a-doodle-doo its way to the top of the 59th annual Rooster Crow Celebration this weekend.
The crowing contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, during the city's three-day festival, which kicks off on Friday, June 29, with a dinner at the Rogue River Community Center and live music at the Woodville Museum bandstand, and ends Sunday, July 1, with the Rooster Crow Car Show.
Friday, June 29
6 p.m. — Rogue River High School graduate Brian Dickinson will discuss his 2011 summit of Mount Everest, at Rogue River Veterans of Foreign Wars, 410 E. Main St.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — The Afterburners will perform rock music at the Woodville Museum bandstand, 199 First St.
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
Bye Bye Bob, owned by Walt Davenport of Wimer, took the "crown" at the 2011 and 2010 competitions with 63 crows each year. Owners of first-place roosters receive $150, and cash prizes are paid out for the top five birds.
"We count the number of crows that a rooster can make in 30 minutes," says Rogue River Mayor John Bond. "This year's celebration falls on the 100th birthday of Rogue River, so we're giving an additional $100 to the owner of any rooster that crows 100 or more times."
In 2011, Bob's nearest competitor, Red Ryder, logged 46 crows. Third place went to El-Ron with 38, followed by George of the Jungle, 28, and Mordecai, 27.
The city has held its Rooster Crow since 1953. Winner of the first event was Hollerin' Harry, a bird that crowed 71 times and won $50 for his owner — a lot of money in the early '50s. A second contest was held in September of the same year, with $100 going to Beetle Baum, who managed a whopping 109 crows and set a record that reigned for 25 years. In 1978, White Lightning, owned by Willie Beck of Gold Hill, beat it with 112 crows.
The annual Rooster Crow was contrived to publicize the city of Rogue River, and by 1958 a record 263 roosters were entered in the contest.
"Now we have three crowing contests," Bond says. "One for youngsters, one for adults and the one for roosters."
Winners of the human crowing contests are selected by audience applause. Registration for humans and roosters is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of First and Pine streets.
Merriment abounds Saturday with the Rooster Crow fun run and walk, a parade, an art exhibit on the downtown plaza, live music and children's activities.
On Sunday, concessions, arts and crafts will be available, along with the Rooster Crow Car Show.
The Rooster Crow Celebration is just one of the events slated for Rogue River's centennial. A citywide picnic will be held Aug. 4, and Ride the Rogue, a series of pleasure rides for bicyclists, will be held Sept. 15.
Call 541-582-4401 or see www.cityofrogueriver.org.