Friday, August 6, 2010

Wildlife Festival Canceled

From staff reports, The Decatur Daily

The Southern Wildlife Festival has been canceled for 2010 after 28 years as an annual event, organizers said Thursday.

The festival had been scheduled for Aug. 20-22. There are plans to resume the festival in 2011, and dates will be announced, according to a release from the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The festival has traditionally been held in October but was moved to the third weekend in August for 2010 in an attempt to avoid conflicts, such as with football season, and revive dwindling attendance. Organizers had said they were struggling to attract the same number of artists in August as had been part of the show in the past, and that apparently was one factor in the cancellation.

In October 2009, the two-day art show and sale attracted 30 artists, including painters, carvers and photographers.

The show also featured demonstrations with live birds of prey and a hand-carved, working duck decoy competition and exhibition.

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