The calls of the barnyard could be heard at the Lorain County Fair on Friday afternoon but the sounds weren’t coming from animals.
Instead, it was a group of talented fair-goers showing off their rooster and turkey calling skills.
Growing up with farm animals can help when entering the calling contest.
Isadora Ortiz of Oberlin said she only practiced her rooster call a few hours before placing third in the noisy contest.
She face off against a number of other kids from across the county, including her twin sister and older brother.
The group of contestants mimicked long, drawn-out calls and quick gobbles.
But it wasn’t just the call of the wild that drew children and teens to competition.
Some tried their hand at racing their ducks, chickens, and turkeys in the annual fowl race.
Contestants were hands-on as they guided their feathered creatures over wooden slats, through buckets, around a chair, and finally under a wooden plank.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.