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Weekend festival celebrates all things outdoors

Posted: March 4, 2014 10:51 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The inaugural Wateree Outdoor Life Festival (WOLF),a  celebration of the outdoors in Kershaw County, will be held on the campus of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County on Saturday, March 8.
The FAC is located on 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden.
The event, to run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. that day, will be open to the public.
Admission will be $5 per adult and $3 for children ages six through 16. Children under the age of six will be admitted free of charge.
The festival is being held in conjunction with the two-day South Carolina Association of Taxidermists Show and Competition to be held in Camden beginning on Friday.
The WOLF day will include a Labrador Retriever demonstration by Camden’s Matt Rush, owner of Rush Creek Retrievers. There will also be a Boykin Spaniel demonstration to be headed up Bill Crites of the Boykin Spaniel Society.
Mitchell Brantley, of the South Carolina Falconry Association, will conduct a Red-Tail Hawk Demonstration while Tom Ryan will direct a fly fishing demonstration during the day.
In addition, the “Take One Make One” mobile education trailer from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be on the grounds with a video simulator, while Alec Blalock will provide a presentation on logging practices in South Carolina from the last 1800s through the early 1900s.
Dick Sanders, from Rembert, replicated his ancestors’ section boat which they used on the Wateree River and its creeks there and he have it on display. A seminar on Taxidermy 101 will be presented by the South Carolina Association of Taxidermists while Scott Sanders of Primos Game Calls will be on hand to demonstrate turkey calling and techniques.
The day will include food concessions, live music, exhibitors, artists and craftsmen including duck call makers and turkey-call makers. There will also be seminars held throughout the day.
Sponsors and patrons are being sought to help make Wateree Outdoor Life Festival a success. To learn more about the event or, to become involved with the WOLF program, please call John Clarke at 438-5325 or, (803) 421-9390.

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