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National Hollerin' Contest planned in Hope Mills

Posted September 2, 2016

Kevin Jasper of Mocksville hollers at the 43rd Annual Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner on Saturday, June 18.

— After four decades in Spivey's Corner, hollerin' will have a new home.

Paradise Acres in Hope Mills will host the World Wide Hollerin' Festival on Oct. 8. The 12-acre facility will house music, food and crafts, in addition to a new National Hollerin' Contest.

In June, organizers of Spivey Corner's National Hollerin' Festival and contest announced that the annual event was being suspended.

The National Hollerin' Festival in Spivey's Corner began when radio host Jon Thomas aired recordings of old farm hollers given to him by Spivy’s Corner native Ermon Godwin. According to a press release from the Spivey’s Corner Volunteer Fire Department, which ran the event, many of those who practiced the art of hollerin’ have since passed on.

Organizers said the decision to end the contest came after thinking about what Godwin, who said in his 1993 book that he never wanted the contest to become a joke, would have wanted.

Tickets for the World Wide Hollerin' Festival are $3 per person. Eighty percent of proceeds form the event will be donated to Wags4Tags, an organization that matches trained shelter dogs with veterans suffering from emotional or psychological injuries.


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