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Waterfowl Festival Brings in Revenue for Easton

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EASTON, MD.- The Waterfowl Festival of Easton is an annual tradition in Talbot County. It is known for its Eastern Shore food, folksy music and one its biggest attractions, the dockdog contest.

"We usually have spectators of 1,000 to 1,500 people around the pool by the afternoon," said Delmarva Dockdog Club member Mike Galloway.

Waterfowl is expected to attract 18,000 to 20,000 people to Easton this weekend, and with that comes a big economic impact. Waterfowl Festival Communications Director Megan Miller said, "We have about a $6 million economic effect annually to the town of Easton as well as Talbot County, and some of the surrounding areas. So our exhibitors need lodging, they need a place to eat. It's foot traffic for a lot of our merchants and vendors throughout the town."

Not only can store owners clean up this weekend, non-profit groups like the Easton Lions Club depend on the festival to raise money.

"This is our major fundraiser," said Easton Lions Club member Mel Newell. "Everything that we will make here will be fed back into the community, [like] children's activities [and] blind sight. We buy glasses for people who can't afford them so this is what we do, give everything back to the community." 

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