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Who's tops at hollerin'?

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(WNCN)  Before texting, before telephones, before radio and electricity people needed to communicate in the rural areas from home to fields and all around.

That's where "hollering" developed.

There was everything from distress calls, to calls that let folks know you awake for the day and calls that would announce social events like dances or corn shucking.

The National Hollerin' Contest was first held in 1969 and includes categories for kids, teen and adults.

The contest, was inaugurated to revive the almost-lost art of "hollerin'", a sophisticated vocal tradition.

Because each person's "holler" was unique, listeners could usually could figure out who was doing the calling as well as what they were trying to convey.

Read more at WNCN's website.

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