From November 11 to November 13, 2016, Easton, Maryland will be hosting its 44th Annual Waterfowl Festival. It is a wildlife art show, sportsman’s expo, and small-town festival celebrating Maryland’s Eastern Shore and showcasing Easton and its glory in autumn. Exhibiting will be many of the nation’s renowned painters, sculptors, carvers, and photographers who specialize in depicting wildlife. Festival highlights include popular annual competitions such as the Retriever Demonstrations, World Championship Goose and Duck Calling Contests, and the Dock Dogs Competition.
In the early 1970s, sportsmen and women of the Eastern Shore conceived the Waterfowl Festival, which eventually grew into a regional tradition. Built in 1952, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge provided convenient access to the previously isolated Eastern Shore of Maryland. The founders’ intention was to share and preserve the region’s heritage, and they began raising funds for the protection of its wildlife and habitat.
Assisted by local volunteers, the organization held the first Waterfowl Festival in November 1971. The first program stated that the event will “capture the true romance, the excitement, engendered by the [Eastern Shore’s] wild birds and the hunting sport they create.” The organized hoped that the festival would “grow into something extraordinary.”
Growth & Charity
Few would debate their vision has not been fulfilled. Growing from three small exhibits to more than a dozen venues throughout Easton over 40 years, a shuttle bus system is now needed to transport attendees. The Waterfowl Festival’s current annual economic impact to the area is $6 million. A nonprofit, Waterfowl Festival Inc. provides more than $5.7 million in conservation grants.
Opening Ceremonies and the Premiere Night Party will be held on Thursday, November 10. General admission starts on Friday, November 11. General admission tickets are $15 each for all three days of the event. Premiere Night packages are also available. Main location is Historic Downtown Easton of Easton, Maryland 21601. For more information, please visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or phone 410-822-4567.
A B&B Near the Waterfowl Festival
The Waterfowl Festival is a very scenic drive less than an hour away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.