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Special Events > Watermen's Appreciation Day
The Talbot County Watermen's Association presents
General admission $25 adult/$16 child (aged 6-17). $15 adult/$6 child for CBMM members, and $15 for licensed Waterman—includes crab feast, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda/water. Kids under six free. www.talbotwatermen.com
The event is hosted by the Talbot County Watermen's Association in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Beginning at 11am, you can watch professionals in a spirited “Watermen’s Rodeo” boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Following the boat docking contest, which is slated to end around 3:30pm, event-goers can participate in a jigger-throwing contest and earn bragging rights for the farthest toss.
At noon, the day’s catch of crabs will be steamed and served in a traditional Maryland crab feast, with a live concert beginning at 12noon from the Eastern Shore’s favorite band, Bird Dog and the Road Kings. Hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, cake, and snow cones will also be available. Check out the working watermen’s boats along the waterfront during this event, or tour the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus and ten exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the Oystering on the Chesapeake exhibits.
Kids and families will enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including knot tying demonstrations, model boat building, and more. Free boat rides on the museum’s replica buyboat, Mister Jim, will be available every half hour from 10:30 to 4:30pm.
You can also bid on a number of items in the Watermen’s Association’s silent auction alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed and includes artwork by Marc Castelli. Bids will be taken until 4:30pm, with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the bay.
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