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After Almost 50 Years, NC's National Hollerin' Contest Ends

In the days before the internet or phones, one of the ways some people communicated with neighbors in rural areas was hollerin.' It's a form of communication that has become obsolete. For nearly 50 years, though, the tradition was kept alive with the annual National Hollerin' Contest in Sampson County in eastern North Carolina. But now the hollerin' has come to an end. Organizers this summer ended the contest, citing a lack of interest among younger generations. To find out more about the art of hollerin, we reached out to arguably its biggest star, Iris Turner of Fayetteville. Tuner won the Ladies Hollerin' Competition in 1977 and appeared on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show.

Information about a short documentary on the National Hollerin' Contest can be found here.