Thursday, May 22, 2008

Old hog callers line up for Ontario’s contest

From the May 14, 1953 issue of The Argus-Observer ---

Lynn Metts, who said he was “down from the Ozarks,” became one of the first to enter the May 23 hog calling contest --- a feature of the Ontario Square Dance Festival.

“Neighbors say on a clear day they can hear me call the hogs as far as seven miles just as clear as a bell,” Metts told the newspaper.

Grandpa Warren Musgrove, 85, of Vale said he was entering to “show the young fellers how they used to call the hogs back in Illinois when I was a boy.”

Finals in the contest were planned for an intermission in the square dance program at the new Ontario High School gym.

Leeds Bailey of Ontario was coordinating the event for the Ontario Kiwanis Club and the Wagon Wheel Square Dance Club, sponsors of the festival.

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