Watch: Hollerin’ Contest of Spivey’s Corner

In a time before cell phones or other forms of long distance communication, there was a much simpler way to convey information quickly over long distances — the holler.

Distinct from the yodel or a hunting call, hollerin’ is a generational folk art that allowed people to relay information over long distances. A holler could be a greeting, a call for help, for meals, for hazards, for pleasure, or for any number of agreed upon and distinct messages.

Since 1969, the people of Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina have been gathering for the National Hollerin’ Contest. Contestants show off their best hollerin’ and are judged by the crowd.

Watch below!