The Waterfowl Festival is pleased to return to the Easton VFW Post #5118 with a brand new exhibit featuring patriotism and sporting on the Eastern Shore.
One highlight of the exhibit will be a partnership with Big Truck Brewing, currently out of Parkton, MD but soon opening a second location in nearby Queenstown, Maryland. As part of their beer releases, Big Truck Brewing features a different classic truck, so who better to help host and judge a classic truck show? The VFW will have a truck show each day of the Festival, featuring a mix of show trucks, classic trucks and service trucks. If you are interested in showing off your truck, you can register on the Festival’s website. Entry fees include a ticket to the Festival and your chance at a trophy and growler prize pack.
Another fun activity hosted by Big Truck to bring fun to the Festival is their aerial archery set up. As a fun activity for beginners or to compete against friends, aerial archery uses “flu flu arrows,” which feature untrimmed arrows to create drag for short range fun. Big Truck’s Parkton location fosters a love of sporting and the outdoors, with 250 acres of outdoor fun with an extensive 3-D archery range so this will be a glimpse into that.
The VFW will also have long-time Festival exhibitor Brian Bradley of “Skyhunters in Flight,” with his stunning live raptor demonstration. Bradley travels from New York with a variety of birds every year, which he will bring close to the audience, before sending them in the air to show off their tracking and flight skills. If you’ve never made it to one of his shows before, usually held at the high school, make it a point to visit this year- we know you won’t be disappointed. This year’s show is brought to you by corporate sponsors Chesapeake Awnings and Willow Construction.
Non-profits and conservation groups will also be in and out of the lodge. Fish and Wildlife Service will be bringing several set ups featuring banding, waterfowl identification using wings and wingbee information, pilot biologist survey work and other topics of interest for folks into sporting, conservation and wildlife. The Chesapeake Patriot will teach the public both about proper flag care as well as information about the Chesapeake waterways. Last but not least will be Maryland DNR’s Safety Education & Outreach Unit. They will show how to safely set up to hunt from a kayak or canoe demo as well as a treestand. There will also be handouts, giveaways and a great opportunity to ask questions you may have on hunter safety or hunter safety classes.
The VFW will welcome the public in with their menu of oysters on the half shell, pulled pork, oyster stew, cream of crab, chili and sweet potato fries with salted caramel. There are also music performances scheduled in the lodge throughout the weekend.
Parking will be limited, so be sure to hop a ride on the orange bus route.