Have a rooster that won’t shut up? Bring him to the town of Rogue River in Oregon on Saturday, June 25th and he might just make you a little spending cash. That’s the date of the 63rd annual Rooster Crow, held since 1953. Each competing rooster is watched for 30 minutes and the one who crows most often is the winner. If you don’t have a farm background you might be surprised to learn that the winning rooster typically crows over 60 times in that half hour. That’s over twice a minute. Imagine living with that outside your bedroom window!

Don’t have a rooster? Don’t let that stop you from competing – you still have two ways to play along. One, we understand that they have a rent-a-rooster booth at the Crow, where you can hire a mercenary rooster for the occasion. Two, even better, there is a human rooster crow competition. Start practicing now! The kickoff event is Friday night’s community center dinner. There’s a 5K run and 2 mile walk, as well as a parade, on Saturday, and a car show on Sunday. There’ll be live music, arts and crafts, and food booths all weekend. For more information, see the festival website.