Blow­ing in the wind

At­ten­dance rises af­ter an early fall as weather hits the 47th Water­fowl Fes­ti­val

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

— Per­haps it was a shock ef­fect of the first truly cold tem­per­a­tures of the sea­son, or maybe it was the wind on Fri­day, Nov. 10, but at­ten­dance at the 47th Water­fowl Fes­ti­val went down, then back up again as the week­end pro­gressed.

That means ev­ery­thing for about 300 ex­hibitors, from artists, sculp­tors, carvers and pho­tog­ra­phers to gun sales­men, dog ex­perts, an­tique deal­ers and oys­ter shuck­ers.

It also means a lot to the more than 1,200 vol­un­teers who run the fes­ti­val.

On Sat­ur­day, the crowds were bun­dled up in wool hats with scarves and gloves as they poured through town, some shiv­er­ing a lit­tle with the re­cent mem­ory of wear­ing shorts only a few days be­fore.

Their ap­petites were sharp­ened, how­ever,

ac­cord­ing to many of the food ven­dors sell­ing their wares in­side and out.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers min­gled in­side the cir­cle of warm gal­leries in Eas­ton’s busi­ness district, strolled through town with dogs on leashes, or milled around the many food ven­dors on Wash­ing­ton and Har­ri­son streets, the Elks Club, Eas­ton High School and Bay Street Ponds.

Sun­day, is pre­dicted to be cloudy, dry and warmer with tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing just un­der 50 de­grees.

One of the most pop­u­lar events on Sun­day will be the Dock­Dogs fi­nals, with dra­matic ca­nine feats on dis­play in the cat­e­gories of “Speed Re­trieve,” “Ex­treme Ver­ti­cal” and “Big Air.”

Gal­leries and ex­hibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ac­tiv­i­ties for kids will in­clude the Kids Con­ser­va­tion art ac­tiv­ity at Water­fowl Fes­ti­val Head­quar­ters on Har­ri­son Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Kids’ Fish­ing Derby at the Bay Street Ponds, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Kids’ Paint a De­coy Class at Eas­ton Mid­dle School at 10:30 a.m.

Fly fish­ing demon­stra­tions will be held at the Bay Street Ponds at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Wine, Beer and Tast­ing Pavil­ions, in the large tents on Har­ri­son Street, are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The “Sky­hunters in Flight” Birds of Prey demon­stra­tion by Brian Bradley at Eas­ton High School gives Fes­ti­val-go­ers a chance to see real owls, hawks and a gyr­fal­con in ac­tion, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

At the Sports­man’s Her­itage site, the Eas­ton Elks Lodge, there will be a pre­sen­ta­tion of “De­tails of the De­coy” at 10:30 a.m. and “Evo­lu­tion of Water­fowl­ing Firearms” at noon.

The lo­ca­tion also will of­fer open play of a duck hunt­ing video game from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fes­ti­val mu­sic on Sun­day will fea­ture Kenny Had­daway, gui­tarist, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Trin­ity Blues from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Full Cir­cle Band from 1 to 3 p.m.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Har­vey Wil­son of Burling­ton, N.J., shows off his carv­ings in the Buy, Swap, Sell area at Eas­ton High School on Sat­ur­day.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

A Madi­son Mitchell de­coy greets Fes­ti­val-go­ers, one of sev­eral be­ing sold by Rick Tin­dall, right, in the Buy, Swap and Sell con­ces­sion at Eas­ton High School.

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