How far and how high can your dog jump?
Find out at the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival
The festival features three days of activities
for hunting, fishing and outdoors enthusiasts. It showcases the history of the stunning Winyah Bay area, with its beautiful waters, rich estuaries and surrounding plantations.
There will be fishing guides to talk about techniques, including how to throw a cast net. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources
will have its fishing simulator and shooting range -- always big hits with the kids. Outdoor artists will show and sell their works. Kids can learn how to call ducks.
But it's the dogs that caught our attention.
The Palmetto Dock Dogs
will show how dogs jump, retrieve and become part of the family. And while there will be trained jumpers showing how it's done, anybody with a dog who is at least 6 months old and current on all shots can enter, too.
Dock Dogs events are held all over the world and typically consist of Big Air (how far the dog can jump from the edge of a dock across a pool), Extreme Vertical (dogs jump up from the dock to retrieve a toy, landing in the water), and Speed Retrieve (dogs run, jump and swim to the end of the pool and retrieve a toy).
Trust us, it's fun to watch. We might even try to get our lab-poodle mix Zoey to give it a try this year.
The festival is anchored at the Bobby Alford Recreation Center at East Bay Park in Georgetown, a historic coastal city located between Myrtle Beach
. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Georgetown County Historical Society, which supports the Georgetown County Museum
While you're at the festival, make sure you take some time to check out historic downtown Georgetown
. The boardwalk along the Sampit River downtown opens to businesses along Front Street, with restaurants and shops are definitely worth a look. The Rice Paddy
is one of my favorites, and you can't beat the view from the River Room