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Porter Township rooster finds something to crow about

KarKrause 10 Porter Township blows her Old English rooster Feisty get him crow. Feisty crowed 51 times 30 minutes Friday

Kara Krause, 10, of Porter Township, blows on her Old English rooster, Feisty, to get him to crow. Feisty crowed 51 times in 30 minutes Friday during the rooster crowing contest at the Porter County Fair, winning the event. | Sun-Times Media

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For more on the 164th annual Porter County Fair, go to www.portercountyfair.com, or call 462-0321. Saturday is the last day of the fair.

Updated: August 27, 2014 6:13AM



VALPARAISO — Kara Krause has something to crow about.

Her rooster, Feisty, crowed 51 times during half an hour Friday at the Porter County Fair’s annual rooster crowing contest, coming quite close to hitting the 56-crow record set several years ago.

“I didn’t think I was going to win,” said Kara, 10, of Porter Township, after the roosters and their owners settled down.

Her brother Nate, 11, whose own rooster, Foghorn Leghorn, crowed 10 times, wasn’t surprised his younger sister took the top prize.

“I knew she was going to win because that bird is very annoying,” he said.

In all, 10 4-Hers did what they could to get their roosters to give off their trademark sound. They shook keys above the birds’ cages, clapped, blew on them, waved mirrors at them, and tantalized them with hens outside their cages.

There were a couple things they couldn’t do, poultry superintendent Russell Gluth said before giving a countdown for the contest to begin.

“Just remember you can’t touch them. You can’t bang on the cage. You can do anything else you want to do to get them to crow,” he said.

Gluth gave running tallies of how the roosters were doing throughout the event, noting which birds remained virtually silent as the minutes ticked away.

“Alpha’s being a little quiet. Mr. Wiggles is being quiet, too,” he said about five minutes into the contest.

The contest has been a tradition at the fair for about 30 years, he said, adding 84 kids signed up for poultry this year, which also includes turkeys, ducks, geese and pigeons.

“It seems like more and more, every year it’s getting bigger,” Gluth said. “Over one-third of the poultry barn was first-year members.”

Karen Krause, Kara and Nate’s mom, said Nate started in poultry two years ago and his sister joined him last year. She estimated the family had 30 to 40 birds in the fair this year.

“They’re easy to show and less expensive” than larger animals, she said, adding her kids had turkeys, ducks, geese and chickens in the fair.



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