Video of ‘husband calling’ competition at Iowa State Fair goes viral

‘Absolutely iconic’ video of a BIZARRE ‘husband calling’ contest at Iowa State Fair leaves the internet in stitches – as clip shows women screaming their spouse’s name into a mic in the hopes of winning $5 grand prize

  • Viewers weren’t able to contain their laughter after a video of women yelling their husband’s names at the Iowa State Fair went viral 
  • The video, which was taken in 2017 but posted recently on TikTok, showed women competing to win a whopping $5 
  • It has been viewed more than 16.5 million times since being shared 
  • As part of the competition, women scream and yell for their husband’s attention
  • Contestants can sign up for the next contest in August on the day of the fair 

Viewers were left dying from laughter after a hilarious video of women yelling their husband’s names went viral on social media. 

The Iowa State Fair’s annual husband calling competition that sees women uniquely shouting their partner’s names has been gaining traction online after a clip shared by TikToker @rhinestonecowboy went viral and amassed over 16.5 million views. 

From yelling ‘Bob’ at the top of their lungs to shrieking out ‘Terry,’ the woman showed off their impressive vocal cords for the sake of winning a whopping $5. 

Viewers weren't able to contain their laughter after a video of women yelling their husband's names at the Iowa State Fair went viral

Viewers weren’t able to contain their laughter after a video of women yelling their husband’s names at the Iowa State Fair went viral

The video showed women competing to win a whopping $5 and amassed over 16.5 million views

The video showed women competing to win a whopping $5 and amassed over 16.5 million views

The annual husband calling competition sees wives shouting, singing, shrieking and yodeling their partner's names

The annual husband calling competition sees wives shouting, singing, shrieking and yodeling their partner’s names

The video begins with one woman, who won fifth place, yelling out, ‘Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, hurry up. I don’t want to be late.’ The fourth place caller followed and delivered an impressive yodel of her husband’s name. 

Next up, one woman decided to sing her husband’s name in an opera style, while the second place winner opted for a classic take and simply just shouted ‘Daryl.’ 

And finally, the winner of it, Bonnie Swalell Eilert screamed her husband’s name Roy out at a pitch so high that many weren’t even sure it existed before angrily adding, ‘Can you hear me? You get yourself in here right now. Come on! You know you’re gonna be late again and you know that I want to get there on time.’ 

In a follow-up video, which was from the Iowa State fair of 2021, the women were seen screaming, yodeling and even jumping on stage while yelling out their partner’s names. 

In a follow-up video, which was from the Iowa State fair of 2021, the women were seen screaming, yodeling and even jumping on stage while yelling out their partner's names

In a follow-up video, which was from the Iowa State fair of 2021, the women were seen screaming, yodeling and even jumping on stage while yelling out their partner’s names

According to the State Fair's marketing director Mindy Williamson, the unique husband calling contest is held every year at Pioneer Hall

According to the State Fair’s marketing director Mindy Williamson, the unique husband calling contest is held every year at Pioneer Hall

It boasts 12 to 15 different women yelling out their husband's names each year

It boasts 12 to 15 different women yelling out their husband’s names each year

One woman began by yodeling ‘Roy,’ before adding, ‘honey get yourself in here.’ 

Another woman truly put her all into her performance as she was seen jumping up and down while screaming ‘Terry you come here right now.’ 

And in true Iowa fashion, the next woman called for her husband Stan to ‘help with the cattle.’ 

The next woman proudly sang ‘Troy,’ while another shouted for her husband Jared to help ‘with the babies.’  

And then the champion Camellia Pohl appeared and gave a ‘modern art performance,’ according to social media users, and rolled her R’s while screaming out Randy and throwing her hands up in the air. 

The next fair is in August and the schedule will be posted during the summer months

The next fair is in August and the schedule will be posted during the summer months

The next fair is in August and the schedule will be posted during the summer months before the events are set to take place

Contestants can sign up for the competition the day of

Contestants can sign up for the competition the day of

Contestants can sign up for the competition the day of

In an interview after the competition, the winner revealed she was ‘debating on doing her Opera singing and the rolling of the R’s,’ but all of her family members told her to go with the second option. 

According to the State Fair’s marketing director Mindy Williamson, the unique husband calling contest is held every year at Pioneer Hall and boasts 12 to 15 different women yelling out their husband’s names each year. 

And if a husband calling contest wasn’t quirky enough, the fair also offers mom calling, hog calling and chicken calling contests. 

The next fair is in August and the schedule will be posted during the summer months before the events are set to take place. 

And while you may have to wait a few months to show off your yelling skills, contestants will have plenty of time to perfect their calls and can even sign up for the contest the day of the fair. 

Social media users couldn't contain their laughter while watching the videos, with many noting that they were 'in tears'

Social media users couldn’t contain their laughter while watching the videos, with many noting that they were ‘in tears’

Social media users couldn’t contain their laughter while watching the videos, with many noting that they were ‘in tears.’ 

One user said: ‘I am literally in tears.’ 

Another added: ‘This is a modern art performance and I will not be told otherwise.’ 

‘Sadly, as Iowan, this is real. Welcome to the Iowa State Fair,’ commented another user. 

‘This is absolutely iconic,’ said another user. 

‘I’m crying,’ added one user.  

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