By Cindy Thompson
The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival will be held the first weekend of March this year instead of the usual month of January. Milder temperatures and the shift from two locations to one were contributing factors for moving the date.
The weekend festivities will begin on Friday, March 2 with the premier of the Palmetto Dock Dogs and continue through Sunday, March 4. The Palmetto Dock Dogs are the South Carolina Affiliate of Dock Dogs, Inc. a nonprofit organization that benefits different canine charities. The group promotes the canine sport of dock diving throughout the Southeast. Festival attendees may enter their dogs of all breeds and sizes in the competition.
On Saturday, the exhibits and events will begin and and run through Sunday afternoon. Many exciting events are planned for the festival including a Children’s Duck Calling Clinic and Contest, Snakes in our Own Backyard Presentation, Birds of Prey, South Carolina Duck Calling Contest plus many more.
Renowned exhibitors from throughout the Southeast will showcase their talents to include duck decoys, oil paintings, pottery, jewelry and other special items. The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival is designed to celebrate the rich history of the Winyah Bay area, with an emphasis on conservation, preservation, art, hunting, fishing and other unique traditions.
In 2007, the Georgetown County Historical Society established the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival to raise awareness of the region’s unique heritage and to generate funds for the relocation and expansion of its growing Georgetown County Museum. Fortunately, the Festival has been a success and still continues to thrive in growing. The Georgetown County Museum will soon be relocating in the Historic District at 120 Broad Street in Georgetown. An exhibit space will be dedicated to showcase the extensive Winyah Bay Heritage Collection. For more information about the Festival, visit the website at www.winyahfestival.org.