Three area children participated in a goose-calling competition in Lostant on Saturday. The contest was the first of its kind hosted by Hard Core Decoys of Ottawa.
“You want to get the kids involved in the water fowl world,” said Randy Hill, vice president of marketing for Hard Core Decoys.
Contestants were required to make all the sounds a Canadian goose makes, Hill said, making sure to put them in the order they would be heard as the geese were approaching.
“It’s like bowing an instrument,” he explained.
First place in the boys division went to 11-year-old Trey “Ranger” Tabor of Marseilles. Second place went to 10-year-old Cole Haynes of Tonica. First place in the girls division went to 4-year-old Timmber Skinner of rural Streator.
“She fishes, she shoots a bow and she shoots a BB gun,” said her father, Quilland Skinner. “She’s not afraid to try anything. That’s one thing I like about her.”
The contest was part of Lostant Police Department’s K-9 retirement party to honor K-9 Ory while raising funds for the maintenance of Lostant’s new K-9, Ika.
On the agenda for Saturday evening was a pork chop dinner and live music, along with a beer garden sponsored by the local bars.
More in Monday's edition of the NewsTribune.