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Annual Rooster Crow Contest this weekend in Rogue River

In early 1953, the Rogue River Booster Club launched the first National Rooster Crowing Contest as a way to promote the town's local businesses — not just the river. The local merchants thought it a great idea to see which rooster could crow the most within 30 minutes. The champion was Hollerin' Henry with 71 crows, taking the win over 75 other roosters.

The event was such a success that the merchants held a second Rooster Crow contest in September the same year. Beetle Baum was the winner with 109 crows, and he held his title until 1978 when White Lightening out-crowed him with 112 crows. Last year’s winner was Crow Darr, owned by Raini Christian Darr, who won with 52 crows.

This year, the 63rd Rogue River National Rooster Crowing Contest awaits a new star to earn the 2016 title. The event also includes a Human Crow Contest for all ages.

The festivities begin Friday and run through Sunday, June 24-26, at locations around Rogue River. At 5 p.m. Friday, the Rooster Crow kickoff dinner will be held at the Rogue River Community Center, 132 Broadway St. The cost is $7; $3.50 for ages 10 and younger. This year's Rooster Crow grand marshal, Alice Hatch, will be introduced, and Rogue River Mayor Pam VanArsdale will read a proclamation.

Saturday's fun begins with the Rooster Crow 5K and fun run/walk at 8 a.m. at Rogue River Elementary School's Beck Field, 301 Pine St., followed by a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. 

The Downtown Rooster Crow Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Look for marching bands, antique automobiles and youth and adult entries. This year's theme is Rooster Trails.

The Kiwanis Kids' Corral will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind Woodville Museum, 199 First St. Admission is free. Tours of the museum and an art exhibit by Shirley Bell and the Brush Strokers will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Don West Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the bandstand at Woodville Museum. Another exhibit, Art Across the Park, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley Pride Publications, corner of Rogue River Highway and Depot Street Bridge.

The Rogue River Fire District will host a Water Ball Competition and Learn to Burn Demonstration at 1 p.m. at Rogue River Elementary School, 300 Pine St., and Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will perform traditional Mexican folk dances at 1 p.m. at Tarasco's Mexican Restaurant, 518 E. Main St.

Miss Rogue River and her court will present the annual parade award at 2 p.m., the Human Crow Contest will be at 2:15 p.m., and the 63rd annual National Rooster Crowing Contest will be at 2:45 in the Rooster Crow arena next to Umpqua Bank, 110 Pine St.

Live music will be performed by Abide from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woodville Museum bandstand, and more than 100 arts and crafts, food and wholesale vendors will be open. Children's activities and games will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday's lineup includes the 16th annual Rooster Crow Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with the vendor booths and kids' activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jay Kent of Phoenix gives it his all during the Human Crow competition at the 58th National Rogue River Rooster Crow. Mail Tribune / file photo