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Crisfield Outdoor Expo Welcomes Duck Dynasty's John Godwin

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Duck Dynasty's John Godwin will speak at 6:00pm at the Crisfield Outdoor Expo Duck Dynasty's John Godwin will speak at 6:00pm at the Crisfield Outdoor Expo

CRISFIELD, Md. - John Godwin from A&E's "Duck Dynasty" is coming to Somerset County. Godwin will be the special guest speaker at the Crisfield Outdoor Expo, a non-profit group committed to bringing a family day event of fun and activities to the area. The event will be held at the Somers Cove Marina on October 11, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Todd Hurley, who is the chair of the Crisfield Outdoor Expo committee, says the Expo will feature hunting, fishing, and outdoor interests while highlighting local heritage and history. According to the event's website, "Everyone, from little kids to grandparents, will find something they will enjoy."

"We wanted to bring a family event to the area where young and old can come together in one place and have fun," said Hurley. "We also wanted an event that tied into the area's love of the outdoors." Hurley says the event will especially highlight the sport of hunting and fishing.

John Godwin grew up hunting deer with his father, but once introduced to the world of waterfowl, Godwin says he became captivated by duck calls. He placed third as a teenager in his first calling contest after Phil Robertson "tuned up" his call to make it ready for competition. "With its history for the love of the outdoors, we wanted someone from Duck Dynasty to come here for this," said Hurley. "We also wanted someone to be able to share the Gospel message." Hurley, who is a pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Crisfield, said this was a very important aspect in picking the guest speaker.

Godwin has worked for Duck Commander since 2002. Some of his duties include building duck calls, managing supplies, and overseeing the shipping department. During the duck season, however, John's main title is Decoy Technician. He figures out the exact spots the decoys should be placed, and works on all equipment after the hunt to make sure it is ready to go for the next day's hunt.

"Working for Duck Commander has been a blessing," said Godwin. "I am one of few full-time employees outside the family. I will definitely say that the Robertsons are very giving and passionate people, and I have become family through Christ."

The Expo will end with Godwin addressing the crowd at 6 p.m. Hurley says Godwin will share a little about his life and give a little testimony. He says the committee also hopes to have a question and answer session with Godwin and the audience, following Godwin's speech.

One of the other fun events of the day includes a Duck Dynasty look-a-like contest starting at 4:30 p.m. "Being close to Halloween, our hope is that kids and adults will be more open to dressing up as a Duck Dynasty star," says Hurley. He says they hope to have several categories, including a "John Godwin" category, but he says nothing has been decided yet. The prize for the look-a-like contest will be a one-on-one meet and greet with Godwin before his speech.

Hurley says there will also be a cooked duck picking contest and a brand new event called the "Decoy Retrieving Competition". Entrants in the decoy retrieving competition will see how fast they can retrieve decoys off of the water. There will be a motor class division and a paddle class division. Anyone interested in participating in either the duck picking or decoy retrieving competitions are encouraged to register early at the website.

Local foods and artisans will also be highlighted at the Crisfield Outdoor Expo. Local food favorites include muskrat dinners, shrimp, crawfish, and alligator bites as well as general fare such as pizza, chicken fingers, and funnel cake. Decoy carvers and local wildlife artisans will display and showcase their works next to the Tawes Museum which will also be open to Expo patrons. Hurley says a local band favorite, Blue Crab Crossing, will be on hand to perform great gospel, bluegrass, and country music throughout the day.

Other events include a hands-on bow and arrow booth, Maryland Bow Hunter's Association's Summer League Championship, waterfowl calling demonstrations, and many vendors' tables to browse.

Hurley says this is the first year for the event and the committee is hoping for close to 2,000 people to come out. He says each person will be issued a wristband on entrance and will be able to come and go as they please.

Tickets are $10 a person, which includes hearing Godwin speak. Kids five years old and under are free.

For a full schedule of events, go to www.crisfieldoutdoorexpo.com.

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