Please see our new About Dogs section if you plan to visit the Festival with your furry friends.

Diving Dogs Competition

Event Hours:

Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Sportsman’s Pavilion, Easton Elk’s Lodge, 502 Dutchman’s Lane

The 2019 Waterfowl Festival is proud to partner with the North American Diving Dogs® to present one of the most popular events at the Festival. The Diving Dogs competition will take place at a new location at the Sportsman’s Pavilion where the stands fill quickly to watch dog after dog race down a dock to splash into a pool of water. The competition is to see which can remain airborne the farthest or highest, depending on which event is being contended. A Festival ticket is required to attend the competitions.

For more information about the NADD competition and to register visit their website.



Retriever Demonstrations


Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Location: Bay Street Ponds

Both new and returning visitors, adults and kids alike, make it a point to head to the ponds to see the dogs. The Retriever Demonstrations are entertaining and amazing as these exceptionally skilled canines show off by leaping into the pond to fetch a thrown or hidden dummy. You don’t have to be a hunter to appreciate the intelligence demonstrated by the retrievers and the training skills of their handlers who are members of the Talbot Retriever Club.



Raptor Demonstrations – Wings Across America

Demonstrations: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am and 2:30pm

Location: Easton Middle School 

Watch hawks, falcons and owls sharpen their hunting skills during an exciting outdoor flight demonstration with Wings Across America.


Fly Fishing Demonstrations

Demonstrations: Saturday & Sunday 11:45am and 1:45pm

Location: Bay Street Ponds

Tony Friedrich of the Maryland Coastal Conservation Association shows visitors the special techniques of casting with a fly rod, an ancient art that uses artificial lures instead of bait to catch fish. You can even try your hand with a rod and may get converted to a new fishing religion of your own.


Kids’ Fishing Derby

Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Bay Street Ponds

Members of the MidShore Chapter of the Maryland Coastal Conservation Association give kids the opportunity to catch their first fish. The organization’s volunteers instruct children on how to cast and reel in their line. The fish are thrown back, but each kid takes home a certificate of their “first catch.”