State fair features husband and hog calling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ To call her husband, Tish Dixon simply shoves two fingers into her mouth, whistles sharply and wails, ``Scott-eeeee!″
Holly Pankau has another technique. She lugs a picnic basket, an inflatable baby pool and a red-and-white beach umbrella into a swine barn. After stripping down to a bikini top and tight black shorts, she bellows: ``Jo-hhh-nnn! Sweetie-ums! John Boy! Where aaaaare you?″
Dixon’s method was more effective, at least in the eyes of the judges at the 1997 Illinois State Fair. She took home the first-place ribbon in the annual Husband-Calling Contest on Sunday.
``Yes, my husband does respond _ that’s why we have such a good marriage,″ said Dixon, who works at the state Department of Public Aid.
Dixon said she decided to enter the husband-calling contest at the urging of her sister-in-law, Mary Moody, a past champion husband-caller.
``I told her to be very enthusiastic, very loud and hold her yell for a very long time,″ Moody said.
Husband-calling was combined with the fair’s annual hog-calling contest, a practical skill for the farmers who enter the competition.
``I really do call my pigs twice a day to feed them,″ said Chris Karr, a farmer and hog-raiser who took home the first-place ribbon for the second consecutive year.
``And they do respond,″ he said. ``They’re very smart.″