Duck, goose callers migrate to Burlington Saturday for contest

BURLINGTON ? Thousands of people will be converging on Burlington for the 20th annual Mississippi Valley Calling Classic Saturday at the PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center. Hosted by the Mississippi Valley Callers Association, this event brings the best of the best in the calling competition circuit to the Midwest.

?When it comes to waterfowl calling, we have the best right here in Iowa,? said Ron Vorwerk, charter member of the MVCA. ?Since our contest began, five Iowans have won the World?s Championship. That says a tremendous amount about the quality of the competition you?ll hear in Burlington this February.?

All of the contestants are trying to win their chance to compete in the World?s Championship in Arkansas this fall.

The Calling Classic kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Mississippi Valley Youth Duck Calling Contest open to those 16 and under, followed by the 2018 Iowa State Duck Calling Contest, an Open Goose Calling Contest, a 2-Person Meat Goose Calling Contest. The final event will be the 2018 Bernie Boyle Regional Duck Calling Contest. The event includes free admission, raffles and over 150 vendors.

?We expect to have a good turnout from both spectators and callers alike; with some of the best callers in the nation competing for prize money of up to $1,000 for first place,? Vorwerk said.

The day will be filled with good competition, excellent food and drinks and numerous raffles for guns and championship duck and goose calls. There also will be numerous local and national vendors displaying their products.

Founded in 1999, the MVCA was formed to support and enhance outdoor sporting activities such as duck and goose calling competitions, waterfowl preservation and involvement of youth in outdoor sporting activities in the Burlington area. A goal of the Association is to promote and expand Southeast Iowa?s rich water fowling heritage right here on the shores of the Mississippi River.

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