Waterfowl weather for Festival
EASTON — The 47th annual Waterfowl Festival weekend came to a close on Sunday, Nov. 12. This year the weekend long event was notably colder than recent years, but that did not stop the estimated 15,000 people from partaking in everything Waterfowl has to offer.
The Festival opened every day at 10 a.m., and by noon on Sunday the streets were packed with visitors and their canine companions.
“It has been really good,” Margaret Enloee, executive director for Waterfowl Chesapeake, said. “We had one ticket vendor sell out yesterday, and seemed like it was really busy.”
Enloee said the event this year has ran smoothly and that the weather over the weekend was perfect for waterfowl and for the Waterfowl Festival.
“It’s Waterfowl weather,” Enloe said. “I was looking at records from four years ago there were notes that said drizzle, sleet, and snow, so this weather is perfect. It is waterfowl weather. It reminds us that fall is here
and the winter season is coming.”
She said the chilly temperatures presented different challenges but nothing that they had not prepared for.
“It makes challenges, like ensuring everything is heated that should be heated,” Enloe said. “It make challenges for electrical and all those operational things, but nothing unexpected.”
New this year to Waterfowl were some evening events like the Wine and Watercolors class, Yappy Hour and a Children’s Calling Clinic.
“They all turned out pretty well,” Enloe said. “Great attendance at all.”
Enloe said the Wine and Watercolor class provided an opportunity for artists of all mediums to try their hand at watercolor painting.
“Here are these experienced artists in their own mediums, and it gave them the opportunity to branch out,” Enloe said.
Laura Clymer of Camden, Del., said she and her husband were enjoying the weather this year.
She said they come every year for the festivities and the cream of crab soup by Shore Boys.
“It is beautiful today, it is perfect for Waterfowl and it has been great,” Clymer said. “We come every year, for me I like the cream of crab soup and the wine tent and my husband likes all the hunting stuff, like the decoy museum and all that stuff.”
Valerie Russ from Trappe was walking around with her family and said she has been coming to Waterfowl for the last three years and also said the cream of crab soup is her favorite part of the three-day weekend.
“I come for the food, that cream of crab soup — it’s great,” Russ said. “The weather is a little bit colder than last year was, but it’s still great out here.”
John Dodson of Shore Boys Soup said the secret ingredient is good natural products and blood, sweat and tears.
He said they sell thousands and thousands of soup each year.
Beth and Nick Lockwood of Stevensville were dining with their 15-month-old son Ben outside Banning’s Tavern on Dover Street in Easton during the festivities.
Beth Lockwood said they come to Waterfowl every year to see all the dogs and there were plenty to be seen. Around every corner and at each event breeds of all kinds were present including Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Labradors, Rottweilers and even an English Bulldog being walked by Linda Morrison of Raleigh, N.C.
Morrison grew up on a farm on Kent Island and said she returns to the Eastern Shore to visit occasionally and never misses Waterfowl.
“We just love it, we come several times a year to visit, and we always come to the Waterfowl Festival,” Morrison said. “It is very dog friendly, and good food.”
Morrison said the atmosphere is what draws her back every year.
“Just the town, just the whole combination of everything,” Morrison said. “It’s great.”
Enloe said the event is very dog friendly, but their emphasis and mission is on the sporting dogs, and events like retriever demonstrations really showcase them.
With another successful Waterfowl Festival in the books, Enloe said the event would not be possible without their staff members, the 1,500 volunteers, and the support of businesses and the community.
“It is a team effort — a community effort and we could not do this without the business and corporate support that we get,” Enloe said. “We had some really great prizes and that’s thanks to companies like Yeti and Bass Pros and the smaller guys who may not have made cash donations but they gave us great items and products.”
She said local businesses like Tri-Gas and Oil, C. Albert Matthews, and others provide services for the Festival that are invaluable.
“On this weekend, Tri-Gas and Oil supplied all the propane and that’s their contribution,” Enloe said. “If the weather was warmer, like sixty degrees, that wouldn’t be a big deal but this weekend they have come every day to refill.”
For more information about Waterfowl Festival, visit www.waterfowlfestival.org.
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After a chilly start the 47th annual Waterfowl Festival weekend wraps-up with warmer temperatures and large crowds. Waterfowl Festival is not only for the hunter and lover of waterfowl sports it is also a popular event amongst their canine companions as well.
After a chilly start the 47th annual Waterfowl Festival weekend wraps-up with warmer temperatures and large crowds. Shore Boys Soup in Easton sells thousands of bowls of Cream of Crab soup each year at the Festival. Above John Dobson, of Shore Boys stands as some of his infamous soup is served.
After a chilly start the 47th annual Waterfowl Festival weekend wraps-up with warmer temperatures and large crowds. Beth and Nick Lockwood from Stevensville, were dining with there 15 month old son Ben, outside of Banning’s Tavern on Dover Street in Easton during the festivities.