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July 5, 1989

JACKPOT, Nev. (AP) _ A teacher needs a strong voice to control a classroom and Margaret Halverson must have been one of the best - she’s won the $150 first prize in the 15th annual Jackpot Hollerin’ Contest.

It may be a hereditary ability. The retired teacher’s son was second.

Mrs. Halverson, 64, of Lake City, Iowa, regained the title she lost in 1984 by yelling: ″Hilda Martin had a baby 3/8 It’s a Boooooy 3/8″

She beat out four others who made their way to Tuesday’s contest in the Idaho border town, 110 miles northeast of Elko. A three-judge panel rated the contestants on volume, message, style and breath control.

Mrs. Halverson got her start in the 1960s when she became the first woman to enter the Iowa State Hog-Calling Contest at the state fair and beat out 25 men for top prize.

″I did what everybody else did, but a little louder and I won,″ she explained.

Second-place finisher Tuesday was her son, George, from Scotsdale, Ariz., who hollered a cattle call.

Third was Louis Fontaine, a former member of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

In pioneer times, when it could take a day to travel 20 miles between towns, lusty-throated hollerers would stand on mountaintops and shout the news in relays.

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HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Speed is not the only way to win at the annual ″Do It If You Dare Cardboard Boat Race″ - the coveted Titanic award goes to the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.

The race, sponsored by the Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce, is July 22 on Greers Ferry Lake. Last year it attracted about 50 entries.

″Though skeptics say cardboard and water don’t mix, my mother always told me that a good idea would float,″ said Pat Zellmer, chairman of the event. ″Some real incredible boats have been made by people who simply had good imaginations.″

Zellmer said Richard Archer, a Southern Illinois University professor, dreamed up the idea of cardboard racing several years ago to encourage his students to be creative.

Zellmer said the rules are simple - boats must be built of corrugated cardboard. Hulls may be waterproofed with any paintable one-part substance. Seams and joints may be taped. Boats can be propelled by paddles and paddlewheels; props and rudders also are permitted.

Engineers will be on hand to make sure no illegal parts are used.

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