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8th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival
Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Battlefield Park South Map it
120 Reservation Road
Chesapeake, VA
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On behalf of the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation (GBB&WHF), we cordially invite you to join us for our 8th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival. Located on the Intracoastal Waterways in Chesapeake, VA, the Waterways Heritage Festival is truly a rich celebration of Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage.

Last year’s festival hosted several guilds, exhibitors, and vendors from across the Commonwealth showcasing the skills, talents, and craftiness of people and their trades that have contributed to the establishment and development of this unique region. Exhibitors and vendors display, demonstrate, and sell handmade crafts including baked goods, basketry, beekeeping, sheep-shearing, doll making, candle rolling, reenacting living history, handcrafted soaps, jewelry, pottery, sewing, spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting, wood working, blacksmithing, fly fishing, fly tying, kayak demonstrations, and much more! This year, we are honored to feature world renowned Fly Fishing Legend, Lefty Kreh.

The Waterways Heritage Festival features FREE admittance, parking, and shuttle service provided by Chesapeake Emergency Response Team and Fire Department. Also this year, attendees will be able to enjoy the unique experience of traveling through the locks (weather permitting), and learning from Virginia Canals & Navigations Society members about the history of transportation through the liquid highways of yesteryear. Children can learn how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students that participate in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz are entered in a raffle for a chance to win a pizza party for their classroom. Fun for the entire family!

Other participants expected back this year include the Army Corp of Engineers; Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service & K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club; Chesapeake Emergency Response Team; Chesapeake Fire Department; Chesapeake Medical Reserve Corps; Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management; Chesapeake Parks, Recreation, & Tourism; Chesapeake Police Department; Chesapeake Sheriff's Office; Master Gardeners; Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Virginia Cooperative Extension; Virginia Defense Force; and more.

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