Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winyah Bay Heritage Festival

 The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival is taking place this weekend in Georgetown, and MidlandsOutdoors stopped by the festival today. The SCDNR has the Take One, Make One trailer which allows kids to simulate a shooting and fishing experience. Fishing guides are also on hand giving classes on how to throw a cast net and talking about fishing the Winyah Bay and other inshore areas of Georgetown County and the Grand Strand.

Decoy carvers, painters, and other artists are there in big numbers, and if you like old, new, and unique waterfowl decoys, you'll be in heaven at this festival. There are decoy ducks, swans, geese, and many other birds for show and sale.

One of the most exciting parts of the festival is the Dixie Dock Dogs competition which allows dogs to show off their retrieving skills in a large pool. The dogs have to stay put until their masters give them the command to go, and with that signal, the dogs leap from a platform into the pool to retrieve their dummies. You can learn more about the Dixie Dock Dogs by visiting their website. And to learn more about the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, visit http://www.winyahbay.org/.

PhotosByBrianCope: Waterfowl hunting plays a major role in the lives of Winyah Bay area outdoorsmen, so it is fitting artwork dealing with waterfowl has a big role in the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.

VideoByBrianCope: Watch this clip to see a little bit of what the Dixie Dock Dog competition is all about.

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