Trumann gearing up for Wild Duck Festival next month

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Trumann Chamber of Commerce's 34th annual Wild Duck Festival is a week away, Oct. 7-8, and this year will have some events as well as the return of old favorites.

Chamber Director Neal Vickers said over 25 vendors have signed up so far and added that the midway is going to be larger this year than it was last year. He said there are many new vendors this year and a broader variety of vendors.

New events include a 3-D archery tournament, a grudge match softball tournament--between the police, fire, street, and water departments--a pickle eating contest (who can eat the most in a minute?), a duck calling contest, a disc golf tournament, and demonstrations on the main stage from the Crowley's Ridge Cloggers and in Taekwondo. There will also be cooking contests in the categories of cookies, cakes, pies, and pickles. The antique auto show will be back. This has been at the festival in years past but not in the last couple years. Best in Show, second, and third place will be awarded in the auto show by people's choice, and everyone at the festival will get to vote.

Returning this year will be the parade, the carnival, eight musical groups, the weight-lifting competition, a clay target shoot, the antique tractor display, hayrides, a petting zoo, petting zoo pony rides, the horseshoe tournament, and the all-time favorite: bingo. The $1,000 giveaway drawing will return this year, and the St. Francis Lake Association will be raffling off an AR-15 and an 870 12-gauge shotgun.

A full schedule of the festival will run in next week's Democrat Tribune.

The Chamber's Wild Duck Scavenger Hunt is ongoing and will continue through the Wild Duck Festival until someone finds the metal duck head that has been hidden in the city. "I know there's more buzz, interest, and participation this year than last," Vickers said of the scavenger hunt's second year. Participants in the hunt have until Oct. 8, the last day of the Wild Duck Festival, to find it. The winner of the scavenger hunt will receive a grand prize of $1,000 worth of gift cards and gift certificates for local businesses.

This week's clues were at Higginbotham Dental (Sept. 26), Traci's Hair Company (Sept. 28), and Orscheln Farm and Home (Sept. 30). Next week's clues will be at Southern Bancorp (Oct. 3), Unico Bank (Oct. 4), Higginbotham Dental (Oct. 5), Traci's Hair Company (Oct. 6), Orscheln Farm and Home (Oct. 7), and the Chamber tent at the Duck Festival (Oct. 8). During the festival, extra hints will be given at the Chamber tent until the duck head is found. The full clue schedule and rules are available at the chamber's website at

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