33rd annual loon calling contest set for Tuesday, August 7 at 2:30 p.m.

A few changes are in store but one thing is certain: the annual loon calling contest in Ely will go on.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Ely will go to the birds for the Ely Echo’s 33rd annual Loon Calling Contest and Loony Day celebration. Loon calls are sure to resonate through the downtown area in a contest set for 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard alongside of Piragis Northwoods Company.
The event will go on this year despite the closing of the Chocolate Moose restaurant, a longtime participant and past sponsor of the festivities.
Those who take part will be looking to dethrone three defending champions, who all won the contest for the first time last year. Ben Tomlinson of Cleveland topped a small adult field, while Elyites topped the youth divisions, with Atticus Richter first among the boys and Lucy Dunn taking the girls competition.
The event typically attracts between 20 and 30 participants, who may sign up the day of the event.
Kids and adults may participate with their best imitations of the sounds of the two-legged birds. Past events have drawn large crowds for the loon calls of the contestants, many of whom return each year to battle for first place in their age brackets.
Loon callers of every age are encouraged to take part and all will receive a free ice cream cone. Winners in all three categories - boys, girls and adults (anyone over age 13) - will receive $20 Ely Chamber gift certificates.
Loony Day is sponsored by the Ely Echo, Piragis Northwoods, the Ely Chamber of Commerce.