|S.C. Jr. Duck Stamp Best Of Show|
'Dawn' by Olivia Wingo
Student artists in South Carolina help to kick off SEWE by competing in the 2017 S.C. Junior Duck Stamp competition. The Best of Show winner was announced in January, and 13-year old Olivia Wingo from Thomas Cairo Middle School in Mount Pleasant took the top spot ahead of all the entries. Her drawing is now elevated to compete in the 2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp judging to be held in Charleston on April 21 thanks to support from the SE Wildlife Expo leadership.
The heart of the Wildlife Expo happens daily from 10 until 6, and the popular Dock Dogs two-tank jumping contest will make a splash the entire weekend until the finals at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brittlebank Park is dog friendly during SEWE, and has become one of the most social scenes of the weekend too with live music, food vendors and the Sporting Village. In fact, the inaugural Lowcountry Social at Brittlebank is new for 2017, held on Saturday night from 7:30 to 10:30 for SEWE revelers to enjoy BBQ, fire pits and cold beverages along the Ashley River.
Live presentations include an A-List celebrity, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, and a variety of critter displays that run the gamut from big cats to birds of prey. TV show host Jeff Corwin was last at SEWE in 2005 and returns this year to educate his fans during two show at the Gaillard Center on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1. Corwin is widely known for his work exploring marine life on the Ocean Mysteries series, and his passion for wildlife will be welcome at SEWE.
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