Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton



Celebrate Georgetown's Winyah Bay at festival

Posted 1/7/2011 6:46:00 PM

Mark your calendars for Jan. 14-16 and plan a trip to historic Georgetown for the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.

I guarantee you there are a few events your kids won’t want to miss.

No. 1: Dock diving for dogs.

Also known as dock jumping, this sport is getting popular around the country. At the Georgetown festival, anyone who is at least 6 years old can enter a dog (as long as the dog is at least 6 months old and has had his shots). You don’t have to have a water breed or an experienced jumper. There is open dock practice time before the event, and staff members will help you. The event is at East Bay Park near downtown.

Don’t have a jumping dog of your own? You’ll also get to watch the experienced dogs (and handlers) do their thing. Dixie Dock Dogs, an affiliate club of Dock Dogs Inc., is a non-profit organization that benefits canine charities.

No. 2: Youth duck calling clinic and contest.

This one is open to all kids who want to learn how to call ducks. There will be a clinic on Saturday to teach kids the proper technique and an amateur duck calling contest will follow on Sunday to let the kids share what they’ve learned. Stick around after the kids’ competition and see how the adults perform in the state championships of duck calling at Waterfront Park.

In between, check out all the festival has to offer, including a chance for children to try their hand at decoy painting. The festival celebrates the rich history of the Winyah Bay area.

Georgetown is a waterfront town located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston. It’s home to a quaint downtown shopping and restaurant district and a boardwalk along the Sampit River (which runs right behind the Front Street shops.)

The festival takes place in various locations throughout Georgetown County, and proceeds benefit the Georgetown County Historical Society and the Georgetown County Museum.