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Duck Calling Festival, gumbo cook-off draw thousands.

GOES WITH QUACKERS: Gumbo at Stuttgart.
  • GOES WITH QUACKERS: Gumbo at Stuttgart.

The Bud Light World’s Best Duck Gumbo cook-off, which over 26 years has become one of the state’s biggest parties, will draw 48 competing teams and more than a thousand onlookers and gumbo tasters to Stuttgart on Saturday, Nov. 25.

It’s all part of the Wings over the Prairie Festival held annually in Stuttgart the first full week of duck season, which opened last weekend. The biggest events are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25, with a midway and duck calling contests both days in downtown Stuttgart, the Sportsman’s Party on Friday, Nov. 24, at the War Memorial Auditorium on 20th Street, and the gumbo contest held under a huge tent on the parking lot of the Producers Rice Mill on Park Avenue, just south of U.S. Highway 79.

Superflux, the Little Rock-based rock cover band featuring lead singer Cara Hays, provided the live music in 2005 and is back for an encore by popular demand, according to event chairman Curtis Ahrens.

The doors open to the public at noon, and prizes and trophies are awarded to the top four teams after 4 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door. Beer, water and soft drinks are available for purchase.

Duck calling contests downtown on Main Street are free. A tent full of outdoors equipment vendors and and arts and crafts section will also be open to the public, plus kids can enjoy carnival rides.

Friday night’s Isle of Capri Sportsman’s Party at the War Memorial Auditorium will feature barbecued ribs and smoked chicken from Willie D’s Restaurant and Piano Bar in Little Rock, along with dueling piano-player entertainment. The dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include admission and dinner. Tickets are on sale at the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce, 507 S. Main, or by calling 870-673-1602.

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