Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 SEWE Friday notes - Decoy Auction

Barred owl, Screech owl and Great Horned owl at SEWE
Jack Hanna is always a fan favorite, posing for photos
The first full day of the 2014 Southeastern Wildlife Expo just happened to be Valentine's day, creating a two-fer for wildlife lovers. An early bird VIP hour at Charleston Place Hotel kicked the day off at 9 a.m. and all exhibits opened at 10. The first of a sold-out run of jack Hanna shows started at 11 a.m. at the Music Hall on John Street. Hanna's wife and family were in the audience and Hanna volunteered that his career is waning now, but that SEWE has all of his criteria for being a first class quality festival that should continue to prosper for years to come. The audience gasped during his snake research video and laughted when a playful pelican took the stage. Other animals in his presentation included a three-toed sloth, snow leopard, alligator, grey fox and birds of prey. As usual, Hanna was gracious about signing autographs and making photos with patrons after the show, and he is a tireless ambassador for the animals that he loves. Over at the Marriott Hotel was the annual decoy and memorabelia auction that is gaining steam as a must see event, and is in the same room with sporting antiques and collectible firearms. Across the street in Brittlebank Park the Dock Dogs competion got underway in sunny and warm conditions and the sporting village vendors boasted hunting lodges, taxidermists and clothiers from around the SouthEast. The Boykin Spaniel Society conducted retriever trials, and the food court kept the hungry crowd supplied with gyros, barbecue and beer.

To view past blog entries from SEWE Friday click 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 or 2009.

Decoy auction by Guyette and Deeter
Red Fox Red Wine Label

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