Water­fowl weather for Fes­ti­val

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

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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PHOTO BY DENAE SPIERING

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.

PHOTO BY DENAE SPIERING

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.

PHOTO BY DENAE SPIERING

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.

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