Valuable Information: Hollerin' Contest Champions Discuss The Skill And Its Usage

April 19, 2018


This is a Great Big Story video about hollerin' champions Tony Peacock, Robbie Goodman and Sheila Frye, all of whom have won first place in the Heritage Hollerin' Festival (previously known as the National Hollerin' Contest prior to 2013) that's taken place every year in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina since 1969. What the hell is hollerin'? It's "a controlled sound that farmers used to communicate with one another before they had modern conveniences like electricity or telephone." Interesting. Some more info while I holler at a coworker to help me tip the vending machine:

There isn't just one type of holler. There are actually four types of hollers. Number one - functional. It serves a purpose such as calling down to a field or calling up from a field when you needed something. Number two - communicative. You're communicating a message such as good morning, good evening. Number three - distress you need help. Number four - expressive. Just for sheer fun many times that could be in the form of tunes or ditties.

Four different types of hollers! Who knew?! Truly fascinating stuff. Although, personally, I only have one type of holler: the one I make while rushing into battle with my broadsword drawn. "You sound like a baby crying." That's to confuse and bewilder the enemy. "But you're running the wrong way." Yeah...we were totally outnumbered and I don't feel like dying today.

Keep going for the fascinating video.

Thanks again to K Diddie, who agrees we should all just throw our cell phones away and start hollerin' again.

  • Veronika Liyona

    it needs some talent.. can't imagine if today still communicating with this method.. hahahahah...

  • The_Wretched

    Someone needed an excuse for their barn noises.

  • Jenness

    You guys laugh now but when all communications are down these people are going to booking some big business.

  • aquarius7373

    Just moved to TN. Confused me when everyone kept calling the valleys "Hollers". Looked it up and they're actually called "Hollows". Now I'm confused again and wonder if they call them hollers due to this old means of communication?

  • Fartbutt


    That means "there's no pickles on my ham sandwich!!!"

  • Draco Basileus

    Thanks, GW. I feel like I lost at least 50 IQ points by being exposed to this, er, "cultural phenomenon".

  • GeneralDisorder

    So what you're saying is you're a dumb city slicker? It's ok. Nobody's perfect.

  • Draco Basileus

    Even country 'bumpkins' should feel stupid after watching this.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Look at the physiques of these stellar athletes!

    Greek Gods.

  • Ez

    Repair costs are the worst.

  • Eric Ord

    Second :(

  • TheQiwiMan

    You're always first in my heart.

  • Bling Nye

    Sounds like mentally challenged people trying to yodel.


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