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Ballard County Waterfowl Festival Today, Sunday
By West Kentucky Star Staff
LA CENTER - The Ballard County Waterfowl Festival continues through Sunday at several locations throughout the county, but centered around the Ballard County Fairgrounds in LaCenter.

Events include helicopter rides, a fish fry, a 5k run, kayaking on Big Turner Lake, a gospel singing, and the Southern US Open Calling Contests.

The fairgrounds are at 6th and Oak Streets in LaCenter.

Here is the event schedule:


Saturday, September 15th

8:00 – 6:00 PM Vendors open, live music all day

8:00 AM Helicopter Tours of Ballard County (Track Infield) Sponsored by Flint Law Firm 

8:00 AM Registration Begins for Southern US Open Calling Contests (events listed individually below)

9:00 AM 5 Spot Archery Tournament Sponsored by Paducah Shooters Supply (between horse stables)

9:00 – 3:00 PM Kayaking event on Big Turner Lake, Sponsored by Gander Outdoors (Registration is at the main festival tent)

9:00 AM Choosing a Kayak/Paddle
9:30 – 12:00 Guided Tours with Gander Outdoors Pro-Staff
10:00 – 12:00 Bow Fishing off of Kayaks (Filming)
12:00 – 1:00  Choosing a Kayak/Paddle
1:00 – 3:00 PM Guided Tours with Gander Outdoors Pro-Staff, Bow Fishing off of Kayaks (Filming)

10:00 AM 2018 Southern U.S. Open 2-Man Team GOOSE calling contest
$50 Entry Fee per team, each caller can be on 2 teams.
WINNINGS: 1st Place receives plaque & 50% of Entry Fee, 2nd Place receives 35% of Entry Fee.

12:00  and 2:00PM – Ultimate Dogs – distance jump (best of 2 jumps)

Immediately Following
2018 Southern U.S. Open GOOSE calling contest. $65 Entry Fee
WINNINGS: 1st Place $5000 – 2nd Place $2500 – 3rd Place $2000 – 4th Place $1500
5th Place $1000 – 6th thru 10th Place $500 each

30 to 45 Minute Break for Southern U.S. Open Calling

2:00 PM (approximate)
2018 Southern U.S. Open 2 Man Team DUCK calling contest
$50 Entry Fee per team, each caller can be on 2 teams
WINNINGS: 1st Place receives plaque & 50% of Entry Fee, 2nd Place receives 35% of Entry Fee.

Immediately Following
2018 Southern U.S. Open MEAT DUCK calling contest
$65 Entry Fee
WINNINGS: 1st Place $5000 – 2nd Place $2500 – 3rd Place $2000 – 4th Place $1500
5th Place $1000 – 6th thru 10th Place $500 each

4:00PM – Duck Dash (timed retrieved of bumper or duck to end of pool)



Sunday, September 16th


10:00 AM Gospel Singing Begins by Faith Missionary Baptist Church (Main Stage)

11:00 AM Worship Service Begins (Main Stage) Provided by Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Officiated by Billy Prince Jr.

12:00-6:00 PM Helicopter Tours of Ballard County, Sponsored by Flint Law Firm (Track Infield)

1:00 PM Vendors Open

1:00PM, 2:00PM and 3:00PM – Ultimate Dog Finals

12:00 PM Registration Begins for Southern US Open Calling Contests

2018 Southern U.S. Open JUNIOR GOOSE calling contest 
$10 Entry Fee – Prizes 1st through 5th

Immediately Following
2018 Southern U.S. Open INTERMEDIATE GOOSE calling contest
$20 Entry Fee – Age 13-16 – Prizes 1st through 3rd

Immediately Following
2018 Southern U.S. Open JUNIOR DUCK calling contest
$10 Entry Fee – Prizes 1st through 5th

Immediately Following
2018 Southern U.S. Open INTERMEDIATE DUCK calling contest
$20 Entry Fee – Age 13-16 – Prizes 1st through 3rd

4:00 PM (approximate)
2018 Southern U.S. Open NOVICE MEAT DUCK calling contest
$40 Entry Fee – Prizes 1st through 3rd

On the Net:

Event website


Published 03:02 AM, Saturday Sep. 15, 2018
Updated 03:27 PM, Saturday Sep. 15, 2018

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