The Tygart Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation recently announced the winners of its fourth annual Wayne Williams Youth Memorial Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting Contest.
A total of 14 kids registered for the event and the following were chosen as winners:
In the Turkey Calling, taking first place was Ronnie Shirilla from New Castle, Pa.; second place was awarded to Gina Maloney from Greenville, Pa.; third place went to Donald Davis from Hendricks; Nicholas Casey from Elkins took home fourth place; and fifth place was awarded to Hunter Taylor from Huttonsville.
Children take part in the fourth annual Wayne Williams Youth Memorial Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting Contest.
For the Owl Hooting, first place went to Gina Maloney; second place went to Kody McCauley from Elkins; third place was awarded to Hunter Taylor; and taking fourth place was Ronnie Shirilla.
A custom turkey call made and donated by Clyde Campbell, Stonewall Chapter NWTF, was also awarded to Shirilla.
Regis Fererre, a hunting buddy from Pennsylvania, donated hats to every contestant and prizes were also given to all who participated. All winners will also receive a DVD of the contest furnished by Denny Burns, Burns Production of Pennsylvania.
A poem, "Just another Gobbler," was read and written by Morgantown resident Brett Kinney, in honor of Wayne Williams.
Organizers wanted to thank the following for making donations toward this year's contest: Dave Shaffer from Uncle Dave's Custom Made Turkey Calls, who also provided the beautiful turkey to display; Judy Fence Craft; Jim Pack; Regis Fererre; Denny Burns from Burns Production; Clyde Campbell; Randolph County HOFNOD Committee; EHS; Nancy Williams; and family members of Wayne Williams.
The judges for the event were Jack Cromer, Ray Mearns, Vic Mastrogiuseppe Jr., Mike Pizzino and Ken Crummett, with Ashley Watkins as scorekeeper. The event was led by Tygart Valley Chapter Vice President Ray Mearns, organized by Don Thomason and at registration was member Joan Thomason.
During his many years of competing in contests, Wayne Williams earned more than 50 titles from all over the world. He would encourage all kids to use their special talents and skills that they have to enter this event next year. This contest is sponsored by Tygart Valley Chapter of NWTF, Nancy Williams and Williams Family members.