Blowing in the wind
Attendance rises after an early fall as weather hits the 47th Waterfowl Festival
— 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.
Harvey Wilson of Burlington, N.J., shows off his carvings in the Buy, Swap, Sell area at Easton High School on Saturday.
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.