Seagull-Calling Contest

Seagull-Calling Contest

First Saturday in May
The annual Seagull-Calling Contest is held at Marina Park in Port Orchard, Wash., on the first Saturday in May. Contestants of all ages can vie for the title of "Best Seagull Caller in the Country." There are solo, duet, trio, and group categories. Prizes are also awarded for such categories as the most seagulls lured, best costume, most authentic call, and cutest call. Baiting is permitted, so many of contestants bring such delicacies as greasy French fries to lure the gulls. Bribing the judges is not only allowed, it is encouraged. The event is free of charge, and usually draws between 40-50 contestants and many onlookers.
Conceived as a one-off publicity stunt for the centennial of Port Orchard in 1986, the contest has become a beloved event, much covered by national television programs.
CONTACTS:
Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
1014 Bay St., No. 8
Port Orchard, WA 98336
360-876-3505 or 800-982-8139; fax: 360-895-1920
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