Waterfowl Festival Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art and the celebration of life on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Festival has grown from three small exhibits in downtown Easton, Maryland in 1971 to more than a dozen venues throughout the town, with an annual economic impact to the area of nearly $6 million. The event's first exhibits were Carvings, Paintings and Artifacts. Ten years later, there were 11 exhibits and a decoy auction and Calling Contests. By the 20th Festival, the number of exhibits had grown to 15 in include the Retriever Demonstrations, music, food vendors, kids' activities and most recently a Sporting Heritage Tent. In 2020 the Festival will be celebrating its 50th year.
The nonprofit organization's benefits to conservation have grown from initial proceeds of $7,500 to a total of more than $6 million in grants to hundreds of projects by more than 50 organizations, now made through its conservation arm, Waterfowl Chesapeake.