Rooster Crow 2018

ROOSTER CROW 2018 color logo

Since 1953, Rogue River has been crowing. It was started as a clever, fun way to let folks know that Rogue River was a City…not just a river. The contest has grown into a full weekend community event on both Saturday and Sunday. People travel long distances just to participate in hopes of earning the famed title. No ROOSTER? No problem. We even have a Human Crow Contest for you to participate in! This year’s theme is “Hometown Heroes” recognizing Rogue River’s Fire, Police and Public Works Departments.

        Friday begins with the official Kick-off Dinner at the Rogue River Community Center honoring the 2018 National Rooster Crowing Contest Grand Marshal Dennis Artoff. Dennis was nominated for his 20+ years of coaching our youth in sport activities in Rogue River. Over the years and with his guidance the Rogue River Girls Softball Team has made it to state finals.

        Saturday begins with the Rooster Crow Fun Run/Walk. Entries are accepted up to the day of the event. At 10:00 a.m. is the Rooster Crow Parade. Businesses, churches, social and civic groups, antique cars, tractors, both adult and junior horse riders with their pooper-scoopers, youth and adult individuals, Cal-Ore Jet Boat Racers and marching units parade down East Main Street for the best home town parade in Southern Oregon! Want to be in the parade? The cost to enter is $20 which helps to purchase winner trophies and medals. The application is provided in the link below.

        After the parade is over, either wander down to the Rogue River and watch the Cal-Ore Jet Boat Races as they qualify for their races on Sunday or visit the concessionaires, vendor booths & food booths located in the Umpqua Bank parking lot and along First Street. There are non-profit vendors in the Rooster Crow Arena with games and fun for the whole family. If you are interested in commercial or non-profit booth space please contact City Hall at (541) 582-4401 or select the link below for the application and additional information.

        Entertainment for Saturday includes the “Don West Band” at the Woodville Museum bandstand and the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre 17th-Century Europe performing equestrian arts, music, dancing, broadsword and shield combat, falconry, plays, poetry, medieval arts, crafts and games.

                Sunday is the third year for “Church in the Park”, officiated by Rodger Coale, from the Pleasant Valley Cowboy Church and followed by the “State of Jefferson Vigilance Committee”. The SJVC men, women and youngsters, are experienced Competitive Cowboy Action Shooters who are also professional “Old West Re-Enactors”, skilled in the use of 19th Century Firearms, and knowledgeable of the Unique History of our American West. The SCA organization will be back along with profit and non-profit booths continuing on Sunday.


        Commercial Profit and Non-profit booths applications can be picked up at City Hall located at 133 Broadway where you can actually chose your booth location, or, download from the PDF below. If you’re downloading the PDF form please return your application and fee to the City of Rogue River, Box 1137, Rogue River OR 97537. Once your application and fee is received a booth assignment will be made or you will be contacted if your original choice is not available. Booth spaces are available on a first-come basis.

        If you are interested in being a Sponsor of the event or would like to advertise in the Rooster Crow Pamphlet just go to the link below and download the information. It’s the generosity of these Sponsors that helps make this event such a success. Please note that the deadline has come and gone but don’t hesitate to see if you may still have time to apply. Don’t delay, there is a cutoff date for publication.

        Parade applications are also available at City Hall or download the PDF below. If you are interested in having your entry judged, be sure to read the rules on the application. When remitting your application and fee please retain a copy for your records.

        A schedule of events will be posted shortly, please check back with us as the event gets closer. If you’re interested in hanging an event poster in your store front please contact Carol at 541-582-4401.

We look forward to seeing you during our “65th Annual National Rooster Crowing Contest” Weekend!

Rooster Crow Contest Official Rules

The rules are simple. Each person can enter one rooster; the rooster must remain in the cage throughout the contest. An impartial judge is assigned, and tallying begins at 2:45PM. No mechanical, electrical, physical or chemical stimulants or devises or allowed. Moreover, Roosters cannot be mistreated or abused. Each Rooster has 30 minutes to crow his heart out. The assigned judge keeps a tally of each cock-a-doodle-doo crowed in 30 minutes. A cash prize is given to the winner. 

Human Crow Contest Official Rules

Anyone can enter. People of all ages give their best crow for the microphone. Winners are selected based on the interpretation of the crowds response. There is no entry fee for the Human Crow, just bring your best voice and let'er rip.

Additional Information:

  • A schedule of all events will be posted shortly, please check back with us!
  • Profit Booth Applications can be found at City Hall located at 133 Broadway or download from the PDF below. All booth spaces will be chosen at the time of payment. Please address all payment to the City of Rogue River at PO Box 1137 or come to City Hall. You will be contacted once the application and payment is received to select the space. The spaces are available as a first come first serve bases.
    Profit Booth Application
    Non Profit Booth Application
    Parade Application
    Sponsorship From
    Rooster Crow Run
  • If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided please call (541) 582-4401.