Southeastern Wildlife Expo

Southeastern Wildlife Expo Image courtesy of SEWE

DETAILS

Date: February 17th-19th

Location: Various locations downtown

Time: Friday: 10:00am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $25 for Friday or Saturday Pass, $15 for Sunday Pass. VIP tickets also available.

Click here to learn more about SEWE 2017.

 

Boasting close to 40,000 attendees each year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) has become a favorite annual event in the Lowcountry. The expo is a three day celebration of wildlife and the natural world. As the largest event of its kind in the country, SEWE shines a light on nature through conservation education, sporting and wildlife demonstrations, outdoor education and nature booths, as well as a variety of fine art exhibits.

 

"Morning Point" © Julie Jeppsen. All Rights Reserved.

"Morning Point" by Julie Jeppsen.

 

Attendees may take advantage of a variety of activities and exhibits. Guests who love the artistic side of things can check out a bevy of fine art at the Charleston Place Hotel, Mills House Hotel, and Reinert LePrince Gallery to name a few. The venues will include various forms of sculpture, pen and ink, charcoal and graphite work, as well as oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings. Those who wish to invest will find an array of quality work to chose from. Those who would like a smaller souvenir may purchase event posters or prints.

 

Center for the Birds of Prey at SEWE © Audra L. Gibson

Spectators will enjoy flight demonstrations by the Birds of Prey Center in Marion Square.

 

Flight demonstrations put on by the Birds of Prey Center will return this year to Marion Square Park. The center provides the public a general education on each of the birds they are exhibiting, and the crowd is typically wowed by the predatory birds flying free above them as they follow the commands of the Birds of Prey educational staff. Flight demos are free of charge and do not require an event pass. This year, the demonstrations will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on February 17th, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on February 18th, and 1:00 p.m. on February 19th. To read more about the flight demonstrations from Traveling Ink's coverage of previous events, click here.

 

Dock Dogs Competition at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo © 2015 Audra Gibson. All Rights Reserved.
A competitor flys high at the Dock Dogs jumping competition.

 

Another returning favorite of the expo is the two tank Dock Dogs Competition. For those who think their pup has what it takes to "take the leap", attendees can even get in on the action by entering their furry friend. The dogs will compete in waves (or heats) of competition Friday and Saturday with the finals on Sunday. This year's event will be held at Brittlebank Park. Parking is limited, so taking the event shuttle (event pass required) is a good bet for those who are going to spectate. Those bringing dogs to the competition site will want to drive to the park as leashed dogs are allowed in various event spaces but not onto the shuttle.

 

A sculptor takes part in last year's Quick Draw event at the Charleston Place Hotel.

David Turner takes part in last year's Quick Draw event at the Charleston Place Hotel.

 

In addition to the events above, SEWE will provide guests with a variety of activities including cooking demonstrations, cast net demonstrations, a decoy auction, a quick draw/speed sculpt competition, and a presentation Friday, February 17th at 11;00am, Saturday, February 18th at 3:30pm, and Sunday, February 19th, at 11:00 a.m. from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. For event pass holders, a SEWE shuttle will take guests in between locations free of charge. Three-day, one- day ticket, and VIP package tickets are available now.

 

Source: Southeastern Wildlife Expo 

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